CLA Photo Competition 2018

Throughout 2018 the CLA is running a photo competition as part of The Countryside Matters campaign, offering fantastic prizes including £1,000 for the overall winner.

Over the next 12 months we are asking you to capture on camera the rich diversity of our rural communities, our wildlife and the iconic features that make up our wonderful landscapes in England and Wales.

In addition to capturing our beautiful and unique landscapes, we particularly want to celebrate the people who make the rural economy tick, so we have a special award for the best photograph of people working in the countryside.


To see the most recent winners and entries click here

The prizes

First prize £1,000 plus a fun morning or afternoon using drones with professional photographer Ed Shepherd. Winning entries will be published in Land & Business

Best picture of people working in the countryside an overnight stay at Combermere Abbey’s luxurious award-winning North Wing

Best Under 18 entry £100 (you will be considered for the first prize too)

Best entry each month a case of 12 bottles from Tanners Wines*

Best regional entry a prize provided by a local supplier

*The prize offered by Tanners Wines is only available to adults. In cases where the best picture in a given month has been taken by someone under the age of 18, every effort will be made to provide a suitable alternative prize


Top prizes judging panel

The judging panel will be comprised of CLA Director General Helen Woolley, CLA President Tim Breitmeyer, Land & Business Editor Tan Parsons and professional photographer Ed Shepherd



  • The competition opens on 1 January 2018
  • A monthly winner will be announced in each edition of Land & Business throughout 2018. Deadline for entries each month is 12 noon on the 12th day of each month (except December, when final deadline for all entries is 9th day of the month). Entries submitted after this time will be entered for the following month's prize.
  • The final deadline to submit entries is 12 December 2018
  • Winners will be announced in the January 2019 edition of Land & Business


Terms and conditions

  • The competition is open to all members of the public including professional photographers
  • An under-18 category will run alongside the main competition – but all photographs will be entered for a chance to win the main prize
  • Print and digital images will be accepted:
    • Digital – should be a minimum of 1800 x 1200 pixels in JPEG or TIFF format
    • Prints – should be a minimum of 5 x 7 inches
  • Photographs should be new (i.e. not published previously)
  • Entrants must not enter somoene else's images as their own
  • The image copyright will remain with the photographer. The Country Land and Business Association (the CLA) will retain the right to use the images royalty free in its publications, publicity material and in digital media such as social media, email newsletters and on websites. The photographer will be credited wherever possible
  • There will be monthly winners throughout the year in addition to grand end of year prizes. These will be judged by the Land & Business editorial team and the editor’s decision is final
  • It will not be possible to return entries
  • Details about the winners and their entries will be used by the Country Land and Business Association (the CLA) for promotional purposes
  • The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into
  • No cash alternatives are available instead of the stated prizes
  • CLA staff, their partners and families are welcome to submit photographs to the competition, but they will not be elligible to receive the prizes


Digital manipulation

You may use digital manipulation to optimise an image, and you may crop an image but you are not permitted to add or remove key elements of the composition for this competition. Brightness, contrast, colour balance can all be adjusted. Dust spots and minor elements etc. can be retouched. Images can be sharpened before printing. Manipulations which could realistically be achieved in a darkroom will be accepted but the judges have the discretion to reject any image which has been, in their opinion, over-manipulated, removing the integrity of the original image.

Composite or montaged images, from more than one original image are not eligible – this includes images shot at different exposures/dynamic ranges and combined. Images stitched to form a panoramic image will be accepted provided that the entrant declares, at the time of submission, that the final image has been produced in this way. Multiple exposure 'in camera' is permitted. Entrants who are shortlisted will be required to provide the original image file (RAW or JPEG as shot) along with the print and high resolution version of their image for final judging.


How to enter

Entries should be sent by email to: or by post to:

 CLA Photo Competition 2018

16 Belgrave Square 

Please include a note with:

  • Your full name
  • Address including postcode
  • CLA membership number (if you are a CLA member)
  • Age (if you are entering the under 18s competition)

 If posting, please send prints / or USB stick with pictures in JPEG or TIFF format


Social media

The competition will be promoted via Twitter (@CLAtweets) and Instagram (@countrylandandbusiness)


Some tips on how to take a good picture

There is plenty of advice on the internet about how to take great photographs, but here are three tips for starters:

  • Light – the best light for landscape is early morning or late afternoon
  • Take lots of shots – this will give you the best chance of capturing a truly excellent photograph
  • Composition – the most common guide is to think about the ‘Rule of Thirds’ – look for naturally occurring divisions of thirds in a scene

Any queries about the CLA Photo Competition should be addressed to