Major Photo Competition Launched to Showcase Nidderdale AONB


Nidderdale AONB has teamed up with Visit Harrogate to launch a photographic competition to showcase one of Britain’s finest landscapes.

The competition, My Nidderdale, is to encourage people of all ages to make the most of the fantastic photo opportunities in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Nidderdale AONB is an area of 233 square miles located on the eastern flanks of the Yorkshire Pennines stretching from the high moorland of Great Whernside south and east towards the edge of the Vale of York.

It is home to iconic sights and attractions, including Brimham Rocks, Fountain’s Abbey, Coldstones Cut and How Stean Gorge. The area also features some of Yorkshire’s most famous views, from Middlesmoor to Guisecliffe, alongside magnificent reservoirs from Thruscross to Fewston.

AONB Manager, Sarah Kettlewell, said: “The opportunities are endless. Nidderdale AONB is a truly special place, a beautiful protected landscape with internationally important habitats and species, which make for a perfect picture postcard.”

The Nidderdale AONB team works to put people at the heart of the landscape to help conserve its special qualities. They work with land managers, volunteers, government agencies, local authorities and third sector bodies to protect the environment in a sustainable way.

Sarah said: “The more we engage and appreciate nature, the more we care and want to protect it.  We really want to see what people feel makes Nidderdale AONB a special place to live, work and visit.”

My Nidderdale will inform the team’s strategy to continue its work to engage and protect its special qualities for future generations.

Nidderdale AONB features 125 ancient monuments, 574 listed buildings, three historic gardens, a world heritage site, 14 conservation areas, nine Sites of Special Scientific Interest, 11 reservoirs and 568 miles of public rights of way.

Richard Spencer, CEO of Visit Harrogate, said: “Nidderdale is truly a stunning and important part of the Harrogate district and features some of our top visitor attractions. This photo competition offers a chance to really show off why our district is so proud to be home to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.”

Entry is free and up to five photos are allowed to be submitted per person, with 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for both the adult category and under-16s category. Shortlisted photos will be published in the Harrogate Advertiser. The public will also be invited to vote on a ‘People’s Choice’ winner from shortlisted entries.

The final winners will feature in a bespoke exhibition at the Number 6 Studio Gallery, Pateley Bridge.

Further prizes to be announced. Deadline for entries is 31 August, 2018.

Go to to enter. Join the debate #MyNidderdale

Photo Credits: 

Images courtesy of Paul Harris