Winter wonders…

It might have been an unseasonably warm autumn so far, but there’s no escaping the fact that winter is on its way… bringing with it some spectacular seasonal scenes.

It’s also the time of year that Visit Hampshire launches its annual Winter Photography Competition – which is the perfect excuse to feature some of the best images from 2020 and 2021.

Hampshire in winter is a magical time of year, not only for the traditional Christmas celebrations and festive ice rinks, but also the county’s natural spectacles from winter walks to wildlife watching (

So, here’s a few of the best photos from previous competitions.

And for anyone inspired to enter this year’s contest, Visit Hampshire is looking for the best images capturing winter across the county, with the winner receiving £100 of John Lewis vouchers and the chance to have their photo displayed on the Visit Hampshire website (


Ponies in the Snow…

“Taken quickly, as two New Forest ponies came trotting up the hill behind us as we were coming back from a walk. Love their shadows in the snow and the landscape and skies behind.”
Photo credit: Amanda Norfolk.


Seasonal stag…

“A majestic Red Stag, New Forest National Park.”
Photo credit: Peter Le Cointe.


Freeze frame…

“A frozen Andrews Mare Pond during the cold snap in February at sunset.” Stoney Cross, New Forest.
Photo credit: Antony Lowe.


Spice it up…

“This photo was taken at Spice Island in Old Portsmouth in January on one of those “all seasons at once” type of days we get in the Winter! You can see this with the sunset and moody skies above the iconic Spinnaker Tower.”
Photo credit: Rhiannon Sievwright.


Take a dip…

“It is said that cold water swimming helps with depression and relieves stress. This picture captures this adventure and courage it must take to do this in the middle of peak winter on the Portsmouth coast.” Hot Walls, Old Portsmouth.
Photo credit: Diwakar Redhu.


Highland views…

“The photo was taken on an iPhone and just shows that you don’t need a big fancy camera to capture a beautiful image.” Danebury Hillfort, the Test Valley.
Photo credit: Charlotte Cohen.


Posing ponies…

“Pony Affection in the New Forest National Park.”
Photo credit: Peter Le Cointe.