Winning Images Unveiled from Historic Sherwood Forest Photography Competition

Photo from the Historical buildings and industrial heritage: Adult category. Winner: Michael Platten.

The winning entries from a photography competition jointly hosted by Visit Nottinghamshire, the Miner2Major Project and Tracey Whitefoot Photography have been unveiled to the public.

The competition ran for 2 months throughout July and August and received 437 entries across the different categories, with many visitors and locals alike taking the opportunity to get out into the historic Sherwood Forest area with their cameras.

The competition was run across different categories, with top entries scooping a one-to-one workshop with a professional photographer Tracey Whitefoot.

The winners:

Nature and landscape – Young photographer category up to 13 years

Winner: Alice Sipson


Nature and landscape: Adult category 14+

Winner: Tammy Herd

Historical buildings and industrial heritage: Adult category 14+

Winner: Michael Platten

As well as the winners of the individual categories, a selection of winning photographs were chosen to be part of Nottingham Castle’s calendar for 2023! There were of course a number of worthy runners up who have won a portfolio feedback from Tracey Whitefoot. The top 3 entries from each category also received vouchers for Nottingham’s purveyor of baked sweet treats, Doughnotts.

All shortlisted photographs will be showcased in an online exhibition put together by Tracey Whitefoot and featured in Marketing Nottingham’s Nottingham Toolkit; an online bank of high-quality photographs from around Nottingham and Nottinghamshire which are free to download and use for those wanting to promote the region.

The competition aimed to get people out and about in the historic Sherwood Forest area over the course of the summer, enjoying Nottingham and Nottinghamshire’s green spaces to celebrate the area’s diverse wildlife, landmarks and heritage

Many people don’t realise that Sherwood Forest historically covered a large part of Nottinghamshire, stretching from Nottingham Castle to beyond the Major Oak. It has a rich and diverse history, with international importance as a place of habitats, resources, creativity and home.

Full list of winners:

Nature and landscape: Adult category 14+

Winner: Tammy Herd

Runner up: Ben Gordon

3rd place: Gary Sipson

Historical buildings and industrial heritage: Adult category 14+

Winner: Michael Platten

Runner up: Sam Hazeldine

3rd Place: Olusola Awe

Nature and landscape – Young photographer category up to 13 years

Winner: Alice Sipson

Visit Nottinghamshire special recognition

The photograph doesn’t fall in the Sherwood Forest category, but is an exceptional capture of city centre life and architecture): Frazer Varney | @imjustfrazer

All shortlisted and winning photos:

Historical buildings and industrial heritage Adult category 14+

Nature and landscape Adult category 14+

Young photographer category up to 13 years

Nottingham Castle 2023  calendar winners

Marketing and Communications Manager for Visit Nottinghamshire Kinga Kapias said:

“We’re really excited to reveal the winners from the Sherwood Forest photography competition. It’s been wonderful to see so many entries to the competition over the summer, with hundreds of people getting out and about with their cameras and enjoying the lovely green spaces that Nottingham and Nottinghamshire have to offer.

“Judging the competition has been very difficult due to the high standard of photos submitted. We’re really pleased to be sharing them with the world as they’ll make a great advert for Sherwood Forest, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire and hopefully entice more visitors into the region!”

Senior Lecturer in Museum Studies, Charlie Pratley at Nottingham Trent University and Interpretation Consultant for Miner2Major commented:

“The quality of entries made judging really difficult. Entrants celebrated Sherwood Forest’s many dimensions: not just a beautiful landscape but a unique area with globally important habitats and rich, diverse histories as people and politics have shaped the land. The winners reflect these different aspects and multiple locations across historic Sherwood Forest, as well as being great pictures from a technical perspective.”

Scheme Manager, Steve Little at Miner2Major said:

Sherwood Forest is a wonderful place with rich heritage and fabulous natural habitats. It is known worldwide for Robin Hood, but many people don’t realise the size of the Sherwood Forest area, its varied history and how valuable it is for wildlife and for people. The talented photographers that entered this competition have helped to unveil and highlight this and we encourage you to take inspiration from them and come and see for yourself!

 Marketing Manager for Nottingham Castle Lindsay Allan added:

“This was such a tough competition to judge, the entries were just stunning and really showed off the rich heritage and history of Sherwood Forest, stretching from the Castle all the way north to the mighty Major Oak and beyond. We can’t wait to see the winning images turned into our fabulous new calendar for 2023 celebrating Nottinghamshire.”

Posted on 03 October 2022

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