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Take part in tree photography competition to win top prizes

Published: 17 October 2023

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People are being encouraged to take a picture of their favourite tree in Exeter as part of a photography competition with excellent prizes up for grabs.

As autumn colours start to emerge, the search is on to find Exeter’s favourite trees.

For the fourth consecutive year, the City Council (ECC) has launched a competition, teaming up with its arboricultural contractors, Devon Trees Services, who are offering a series of excellent prizes.

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

The competition is being organised in the run up to National Tree Week – 25 November to 3 December.

Cllr Ruth Williams, Lead Councillor for Place and City Management, said: “Last year we had more than 70 entries for the competition, with a lovely range of photographs. Every year the competition proves a really popular one with locals and once again we can’t wait to see people’s entries and get an idea of the trees people love in Exeter.”

People can upload their pictures directly 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 the photographer, an accurate location of the tree, and the date the picture was taken (images must have been taken after 1 October 2023).

The closing date for entries is 10 November, but get snapping before autumn winds blow all the leaves off the trees!

Pictures may feature people, but they must include a tree located 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 reserves 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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