<div style="display:inline;"> <img height="1" width="1" style="border-style:none;" alt="" src="//googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/viewthroughconversion/1028731116/?value=0&amp;guid=ON&amp;script=0">
6 ISSUES FOR £6 Subscribe to Surrey Life today click here

Surrey Life Readers’ Photography Exhibition 2017 – Beautiful Surrey

PUBLISHED: 16:19 20 January 2017 | UPDATED: 16:20 20 January 2017

January to June (details)

January to June (details)


The standard of entries for this year’s Surrey Life readers’ photography competition was once again spectacular, and our judging team was hard-pressed to choose the 12 final images for our 2017 calendar. With our exhibition now on the horizon at Denbies, here each photographer explains how their image came about...

July to December (details) July to December (details)

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine December 2016



This year’s Surrey Life readers’ photography exhibition will take place at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, from Monday January 23 until Sunday February 5. Entry is free and all the 12 calendar images will be featured as well as a selection of our other favourite images from this year. There will be 30 images of Beautiful Surrey in all.


Share your Surrey photography at www.surreylife.co.uk/photos




“This photo was taken on my first ever visit to Polesden Lacey,” says Andrew. “Focusing on a glass globe balanced on the garden steps and using a hand-held Nikon DSLR camera, it’s a slightly unusual take on an iconic building. My wife and I have recently joined the National Trust and have been making the most of our membership, visiting their properties throughout the summer this year.”

JUDGES’ VERDICT: We loved this image’s unique take on an iconic National Trust property. It’s a beautifully-framed, creative picture and makes Andrew Varney fully deserving of this year’s Surrey Life Photographer of the Year title.


“I’d been waiting for a crisp wintery morning to pop up to Newlands Corner to get this shot,” says Matthew. “For such a popular spot, it was amazing to be the only one on the hillside waiting for the sun to appear over the horizon. One of the important things for this shot was to make sure there was some foreground interest and this discarded branch covered in morning frost offered a perfect balance against the rest of the more distant view. I also wanted to get a starburst effect of the sun, so set the camera up accordingly to capture that. Having taken a few shots as the sun rose, it was exciting to see the idea come to life on the screen.”


“The main building at Royal Holloway University, in Egham, was built in 1881, in the style of a grand French chateau,” says Stephen. “In the heart of the north quadrangle stands a monument to Queen Victoria, who officially opened the building in 1886. This year’s Heritage Open Days event gave me the opportunity to visit this stunning building, which can usually only be glimpsed while travelling along the A30 in Egham.”


“I was privileged to have Gatton Park, near Reigate, all to myself recently whilst doing a recce for a charity art fun day that I was organising there,” says Bogdan. “It was a bright sunny day and, with no people about, I took the opportunity to take some hand-held landscape photographs. This was the first time I’d visited Gatton Park and I was blown away by the colours and vibrancy of the newly-grown foliage. The spectacular Japanese Garden grabbed my attention in particular, with the pond’s reflection enhancing the colours of the surrounding bushes. I made the weather-worn granite lantern my focal point with the Japanese-style tea house in the background giving the garden an extra authenticity.”


“I took this picture of the Gothic Tower at Painshill, in Cobham, and processed it in a way to try and capture the moment that my wife and I first walked round the corner and saw it,” says Kelvin. “When I got home, I tried to create an image complimenting the building’s glory and also to give it a mystical feel as well.”


“This was just a chance-shot,” says Julian. “My wife Jenny and I were on our way to Petersham Nurseries, near Richmond, and thought we’d stop off for lunch at The New Inn pub on Ham Common and these lovely cottages and gardens were right next door.

“It was a lovely sunny day and, as usual, my camera was with me, so it would have been criminal to walk on by and not capture this delightful scene!”


“I only recently discovered the wonders of Leith Hill, and this was only my second visit to the area,” says Marie. “It’s such a beautiful place, and I love the way the sun hits the tower in the late afternoon. In this shot, I particularly like the long shadows cast by the tree and the way I was able to use the tree itself to frame the tower.”


“I read about the 200th anniversary celebrations of the Wey & Arun Canal in Surrey Life and took a walk down to St Catherine’s Lock, near Guildford, hoping to see a small flotilla of boats coming up-river,” says Peter. “After a bit of a wait, they duly arrived in bunting-decked finery and good spirits! Other boats had moored up and people were having cream teas – all very British!”


“This photo was taken not long after opening at Painshill’s Crystal Grotto,” says Graham. “While waiting for visitors to arrive, I noticed that the sky above the end of the lake had cleared of earlier clouds and took the opportunity to take a photograph.

It’s a view I’ve photographed many times but I consider this to be one of the best, if not the best, due to the light and the reflections in the lake.”


“I like photographing the deer in Richmond Park for its wild landscape,” says Stephen. “On this morning, I had arrived early to give myself time to locate the stags before the sun rose over the horizon. This stag at the top of Queen’s Ride was constantly moving and bellowing to drive away any rival stags from the large group of hinds he had gathered. And from a distance, I was mirroring his movement to try and keep him from blending into the dark trees. He was crossing the top of the ride when he stopped to bellow in my direction, and I managed to grab this shot. It’s the light in the window of White Lodge that really makes this image for me.”


“I have a soft spot for the English rivers and canals, particularly the historic bridges, cottages and locks,” says Leigh. “During a trip along the River Wey Navigation on a bitterly cold January afternoon, the sun was bright and the skies clear. I find there is something very special about sunsets during the winter season and I couldn’t have been happier when I finally reached Stoke Lock, the sun dipping between the tree while the scenery was glowing orange.”


“I had been wanting to get an early morning/sunrise picture of Newark Priory in the winter for some time,” says Justin. “It was a beautifully clear, but very cold, morning – I ended up taking a series of images as the sun rose over the Priory, and felt that this was probably the best one. The colours in the sky, combined with the hard frost on the ground, helped to capture the wintry image that I had been looking to take.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Surrey visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Surrey staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Surrey account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Out & About

Located at the tripoint with Hampshire and West Sussex, Haslemere has always been a fiercely independent Surrey town and harbours a number of surprising hidden gems. Visit and you’ll soon see what has, through the ages, inspired writers, artists and residents alike

Read more
Monday, January 8, 2018

If you thought January was supposed to be quiet, think again. We pick 13 of the best events taking place in Surrey this month

Read more
Monday, January 8, 2018

Floral beauty may be scarce in the winter but it is the snowdrop that is the first herald of spring. Displays of these hardy little blooms can last from January through to March. We pick seven of the best places in Surrey to find snowdrops

Read more
Monday, January 1, 2018

Surrey villages are some of the most beautiful in Britain – think red-bricked cottages, cosy pubs, village greens and picture-worthy streets. We picked 14 of the prettiest Surrey villages to live.

Read more
Monday, December 18, 2017

From its controversial cathedral and setted (not cobbled!) High Street to its indpendent shops and riverside location, Surrey’s county town ticks a lot of boxes

Read more
Friday, December 8, 2017

Enjoy Surrey all year...

Read more
Monday, December 4, 2017

Guildford Fringe Theatre Company is back again with another risqué panto strictly for the over 18s from the Back Room of the Star Inn.

Read more
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Enjoy a delightful two mile heath and woodland walk around this country park, which recently achieved the highest rating from Natural England. A must for all the family – both two and four-legged!

Read more
Monday, November 20, 2017

Surrey is a county full of festive delights. Think cosy pubs, frosty views and long winter walks. We pick 22 wonderful reasons to spend Christmas in Surrey.

Read more
Monday, November 6, 2017

Surrey is England’s most wooded county and the Surrey Hills boasts almost 40 per cent woodland cover. These woodlands hide a wealth of archaeological features. We pick some of the best woodland walks to explore

Read more
Sunday, November 5, 2017

Surrey has been used as a film location for many a blockbuster movie and the county’s hotels, woods and villages are no stranger to visits from the Hollywood A-list. Here’s just a few of the movies that have been, at least in part, filmed in Surrey

Read more

Head to the far east of the county and you’ll find a charming town with a big personality set at the foot of the North Downs

Read more
Monday, October 23, 2017

Foxhills Club & Resort is in the running for a prestigious national prize, after being shortlisted in two categories for the third consecutive year in the National Fitness Awards

Read more
Sunday, October 15, 2017

Thirty years ago, the face of Surrey changed almost beyond recognition as The Great Storm ripped through the county, felling over a million trees and leaving a terrific trail of destruction in their wake.

Read more
Great British Holidays advert link

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad
Surrey Life Application Link

Local Business Directory

Surrey's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area

Property Search