Art and Creativity in the Wye Valley AONB

Wye Valley Walk Photography Competition 2022

This photography competition offers Young Photographers, Amateurs and Professionals the chance to win prizes and have their images showcased on our websites, social channels and publications.

The theme for the competition is ‘the Wye Valley Walk’. One of the nation’s favourite long distance trails, the Wye Valley Walk is 136 miles of beautiful walking from the source of the Wye on Plynlimon, to the Severn below Chepstow, through gorgeous upland scenery and tranquil river sections, passing thrilling rapids and towering cliffs.  Memorable architectural highlights include Hereford Cathedral, Goodrich Castle and Tintern Abbey.

The judges will be looking for photographs that:

  • Inspire people to walk the Wye Valley Walk
  • Show people enjoying the Walk
  • Showcase the landscape the Walk passes through
  • Highlight special or quirky features walkers pass along the way (think local produce, country pubs, wildlife reserves…)
  • Capture the little details that make you want to get your boots on and get walking!

Photographs must be taken along the route corridor of the Wye Valley Walk – see map of route below.

Prizes – Professional and Amateur Categories

1st Prize: £75 Trekkit voucher for outdoor gear or £75 voucher for Humble By Nature courses.

2nd Prize: 1 Year’s Subscription to Landscape Photographer Magazine

Prizes: Young Photographer Category:  

1st Prize: £50 Trekkit voucher for outdoor gear or 1 Year’s Subscription to Landscape Photographer Magazine

2nd Prize: £30  Trekkit voucher for outdoor gear

Good luck!

Terms & Conditions of Entry

1. The theme for the Photographic Competition is ‘the Wye Valley Walk’. Photographs must be taken along the route corridor of the Wye Valley Walk between the source on Plynlimon and the Severn at Chepstow. (See map of route below). Photographs should: Inspire people to walk the Wye by showing people on the walk, showcase the landscape the walk passes through; capture little details that make you want to get your boots on and get walking.

2. Photographs and Entry Form should be submitted via our online form. 

3. Entries must be submitted by the photographer and be original work and may not infringe the copyright of another person.

4. Entries must not have previously won a photo competition, nor offered for sale.

5. Entrants must not have breached any laws when taking their photographs.

6. Submission of your entry confirms you have received consent to photograph/submit images of any identifiable persons (or that of parent/guardian if a minor) to this competition.

7. Copyright will remain with the photographer, but by entering this competition, the photographer agrees to the Wye Valley AONB Partnership using the image(s) on our websites, in exhibitions and publications (including the official Wye Valley Walk guide), on social media, in presentations or other promotional uses, such as newspaper and magazine articles (produced by third parties) during and after the competition. No fees will be payable for these uses but all images will be credited.

8. A maximum of three photographs can be entered per person. Accepted image files are Jpeg and RAW files.

9. The closing date is 10pm on Sunday 6th February 2022. 

10. Prizes will be awarded in 3 categories: Professional, Amateur and Young Photographer (under 18 on 6th February 2022). For the purposes of this competition, a professional photographer is defined as a person who earns more than 50% of their annual income through the sales of their photography. If under 18 on 6th February 2022 you must include your date of birth.

11. Winners will be chosen by the Wye Valley AONB Team and Wye Valley photographer Gemma Kate Wood. Their decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

12. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material on line and in all media. Any personal information and contact details you supply will be used only for the purposes of administering the competition.

13. The Wye Valley AONB Partnership reserves the right to cancel/amend the competition and these terms/conditions without notice.

14. The Wye Valley AONB Partnership reserves the right to disqualify any entry which breaches any of these rules or to withhold a prize if in its opinion entries do not reach the required standard.

15. By submitting an entry you agree to these terms and conditions.

Map of Wye Valley Walk route


The route is marked in detail on these OS maps:

Explorer OL14 – Wye Valley and Forest of Dean.Explorer 189 – Hereford and Ross-on-Wye

Explorer 202 – Leominster and Bromyard

Explorer 201 – Knighton Presteigne

Explorer OL13 – Brecon Beacons National Park (East)

Explorer 188 – Builth Wells

Explorer 200 – Llandrindod Wells and Elan Valley

Explorer 214 – Llanidloes and Newtown.

The official Wye Valley Walk guide, published by Cicerone, also includes OS mapping of the route.