Breath-taking photo competition captures beauty of UK rolling national parks

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THE beauty of the UK’s national parks has been captured in a series of stunning award-winning pictures.

The UK National Parks and Campaign for National Parks sought to find the best photographs of the parks to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the organisation.

A photo-competition has captured the beauty of the UK's national parks. Pictured is the winning shot of the Peak District National Park
Kieran Metcalfe / Ascent Creative

A photo-competition has captured the beauty of the UK’s national parks. Pictured is the winning shot of the Peak District National Park[/caption]

Almost 1,500 pictures were submitted to the competition by people via social media, sharing moments when they were out exploring the incredible heritage sites, wildlife and landscapes of the UK’s 15 National Parks.

Around the theme of a ‘Moment in time’, this competition marks 70 years since the 1949 Act of Parliament that began the family of National Parks in the UK, that today includes beloved landscapes such as the Peak District, Brecon Beacons and Loch Lomond.

The winning shot, from graphic designer Kieran Metcalfe, depicts a Tolkien-esque landscape in the Peak District National Park.

STUNNING SNOWDONIA

Gareth Mon's picture of Snowdonia National Park, which was the runner-up
Gareth Mon

Gareth Mon’s picture of Snowdonia National Park, which was the runner-up[/caption]

A MOMENT IN TIME

Helen Storer's photograph of Broads National Park
Helen Storer

Helen Storer’s photograph of Broads National Park[/caption]

BREATH-TAKING VIEWS

Chloe Swift's picture of two children at Dartmoor National Park
Chloe Swift

Chloe Swift’s picture of two children at Dartmoor National Park[/caption]

ESCAPISM

Steve Burnett's stunning shot of an owl flying in Pembrokeshire National Park
Steven Burnett

Steve Burnett’s stunning shot of an owl flying in Pembrokeshire National Park[/caption]

GREEN AND PLEASANT LAND

Shaun Davey's striking image of Exmoor National Park
Shaun Davey

Shaun Davey’s striking image of Exmoor National Park[/caption]

WOODLAND VIEWS

A photograph of the New Forest National Park by Gillian Thomas
Gillian Thomas

A photograph of the New Forest National Park by Gillian Thomas[/caption]

STUNNING SEA-NERY

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park captured by Thomas Brown
Thomas Bown

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park captured by Thomas Brown[/caption]

NATIONAL TREASURES

A shot of Cairngorms National Park taken by Jon Roberts
Jon Roberts

A shot of Cairngorms National Park taken by Jon Roberts[/caption]

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