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Get those entries in for tree photography competition

Published: 7 November 2023

Get those entries in for tree photography competition Tree photography competition

Last minute entries are being encouraged for a photography competition to find Exeter’s favourite trees.

Budding amateur photographers have until Friday (10 November) to submit photographs to be in with a chance of winning one of a number of fabulous prizes.

With leaves turning an autumnal gold, it’s the perfect time to capture some of the stunning colours in Exeter’s trees.

This is the fourth year running the City Council (ECC) has run the prestigious competition, teaming up with its arboricultural contractors Devon Trees Services, who are offering up a series of great prizes. The winner will be announced during National Tree Week, which runs this year from 25 November to 3 December.

The competition invites people to take a picture of their favourite tree in Exeter. Pictures must have been taken after 1 October 2023 to qualify.

The person who takes the best image will win a framed photograph of the picture and a Haynes Tree Manual, with the runner-up receiving a framed photograph of their picture. Once again there is also an under-16 category for budding junior photographers, with the same prizes for the winner and runner-up.

Last year the Council received more than 70 entries for the competition, with a lovely range of photographs.

People can upload their pictures straight into Box by using the following link, or alternatively email their entry to Alternatively, pictures can be sent to: Public Realm Trees, room 3.32, civic centre, Exeter EX1 1JN. Entries must be clearly marked ‘ECC tree photo competition’ and have a name, age (if under 16 years) of photographer and an accurate location of the tree and the date the picture was taken.

Pictures can be with or without people but must include a tree from within Exeter. They can be selfies, arty shots, black and white or colour images. They might be fun shots with children, friends or family in or just a simple shot of your favourite tree. If there are people in the shot, please ensure that they have given their permission to be photographed.

Pictures must have been taken recently – after 1 October 2023 – and images submitted for previous competitions will not be allowed. There is a maximum of two entries per person.

The competition is open to everyone – whether living in Exeter or outside – but entrants must be amateur photographers. The City Council reserve the right to reproduce any pictures submitted in future publications, online stories or social media posts.

A judging panel will decide the best pictures and prizes awarded to the best adult and runner-up and best junior entry and runner-up.

National Tree Week is the UK’s largest annual tree celebration, marking the start of the winter tree planting season (November to March each year). This year it will take place from 25 November to 3 December. Further information about national events can be found on the Tree Council website at


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