The National Trust has revealed its 2019 Handbook, an annual guide detailing everything the Trust has coming up in the year ahead. To find the cover image for the publication, the NT ran a photography competition around the theme of ‘Our space to explore’. They wanted the entires to “show a connection to nature, reflecting the work that the conservation charity does to care for special outdoor places.”
There were over 7,500 entries, which resulted in one winner, one runner-up and fifteen on the shortlist. The panel of five judges included gardener, writer and broadcaster Alan Titchmarsh and professional photographer Paul Harris.
The winner was Ed Silvester with an image of his 10-year-old son running across rocks in Prawle Point, South Devon. The inspiring image will now be seen by all of the National Trust’s five million members on the Handbook cover.
“We’d driven down from London for an Easter break in Devon,” said Ed. “Prawle Point was our morning and evening playground. The kids would explore the rock pools and splash in puddles, doing all the things kids do when they’re not distracted by their phones.
I was photographing the sunset one evening when my 10-year-old son Adam came bounding into the frame. I like that he’s got his boots on, he’s not looking at a screen – he’s just jumping over the rocks. For me it captures the essence of what childhood is about.”
Browse the winning photo, the runner up and the shortlisted entires here…