Photograph taken in Exmoor wins our competition

For a split second, the sun shone through the trees in a spectacular way. Penny Webber, resident in Exmoor National Park, seized the moment and took the perfect photograph that has won our winter photography competition.

The winning image - The ancient woods of Exmoor © Penny Webber

When she found out, Penny said, ‘I took this photo on the spur of the moment with my phone. The light was simply glorious when I was walking with my black Labrador through these woods above Porlock near my home in Exmoor. Lasting only a few moments, the sun shone through the trees bathing my dog in rays of light making him seem like a ghostly shadow. It was just lovely.’

We ran the competition because National Parks are beautiful places - it's no wonder that people take such fantastic photos in them! We received some exceptional images demonstrating the passion people have for photographing the Parks. Penny’s photo stood out though – capturing the perfect moment the sun shone through the trees.

Penny finds her inspiration in the everyday beauty of the Park. She said, ‘Exmoor is fantastic for walking – especially where the countryside meets the sea. The Park has striking views, rugged coast paths and ancient trees like the ones I captured in my shot.'

The shot by Penny will be featured on our magazine, Viewpoint, exclusive to our Friends. She also won a signed copy of Bill Bryson's book, The Road to Little Dribbling.

Penny concluded by saying, ‘It’s an honour to live and work in Exmoor National Park. I farm organically with my family on 500 acres between Minehead and Porlock. We are third generation Exmoor hill farmers with cattle, sheep, a few pigs and poultry including my favourite Jemima puddle ducks! We also offer an award-winning bed and breakfast, so I would encourage anyone to come along to stay in our 18th century farmhouse, try out our home made produce and go out to photograph the stunning Exmoor National Park!’

The runner up spot was won by Grant Hyatt for his image, Dragon's Breath. He also won a signed copy of Bill Bryson's book. A huge congratulations to of both them!

Dragon's Breath © Grant Hyatt