Isle of Wight features on front cover of National Trust handbook

image from National Trust and Les Lockhart

A tranquil sunset photograph of a weathered pier over the saltmarsh at Newtown National Nature Reserve on the Isle of Wight will star on the cover of the 2020 National Trust Handbook, following a competition to find a winning image for the annual guide.

Les Lockhart, who lives in East Cowes, won the contest with the striking shot of his favourite local spot.

I love being able to go out to Newtown regularly, whether it’s during the day to watch all the wildlife, or in the evening for the sunset” he said. ‘It’s such a beautiful, peaceful location, and there are so many features that make it a great place for photography too, like the walkway and the boats on the estuary.

‘One of the reasons I like photography is that you’re able to share these places with others. Hopefully seeing the image on the Handbook will encourage people to really appreciate and make the most of beautiful places on their own doorstep.’

14 other photos made it to the final shortlist, fulfilling the competition’s theme of ‘places that make you feel good’. The images needed to reflect the impact that the beautiful locations have on people’s well-being, and the work that the conservation charity does to care for these special places.

Thousands of photos were entered into the competition, with submissions ranging from mist-cloaked valleys to carpets of woodland bluebells.

The winner was chosen by a panel of five judges[1] including naturalist, presenter, wildlife cameraman, and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, Simon King:

‘Les’s photo stood out because of the beautiful composition, with the wooden walkway drawing the eye in and giving that combination of the gentle touch of man in a wild landscape’ said Simon.

‘It captures a moment in light that is ephemeral, but entirely possible for anyone to witness if they spend time in a place like this.’

The Handbook featuring the winning image will be issued to the conservation charity’s 5.6 million members, providing an invaluable tool for planning days out at the 500 historic houses and gardens and 250,000 hectares of coast and countryside looked after by the Trust.

More details can be found at The competition will run again next year.