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Hampstead Heath’s beauty celebrated with more than 1,000 photos entered in Instagram competition

PUBLISHED: 11:05 24 November 2017

An Instagram competition calling for images of Hampstead Heath has resulted in more than 1,000 entries. Picture: Erika Dolmans @erikahow

An Instagram competition calling for images of Hampstead Heath has resulted in more than 1,000 entries. Picture: Erika Dolmans @erikahow

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A photography competition showcasing the beauty of Hampstead Heath has received more than 1,000 entries.

Autumn Jubilee by Amanda Fairey  @amanda.faireyAutumn Jubilee by Amanda Fairey @amanda.fairey

The #myhampsteadheath comp invites visitors to the 320 hectare park to submit their favourite views with the winning entry taking pride of place in Hampstead tube station and being used to advertise the organisers, site guardians the Heath and Hampstead Society.

Committee member John Weston, one of the judges, said: “We’ve been incredibly impressed by the entries. You set up these things without knowing how many people will take part, but we’ve had a brilliant response. It’s a great way to promote the Heath.”

An arresting photograph of joggers taken by Edward Wallace III @edwardwallacephotographyAn arresting photograph of joggers taken by Edward Wallace III @edwardwallacephotography

Mr Weston added: “We wanted to showcase the Heath’s beauty and the entries definitely reflect that. People have interpreted the brief My Hampstead Heath in so many ways.”

The images range from scruffy dogs to a reflection of trees to a scene showing a pair of joggers looking out across the capital.

Scott Bartels photograph of a bee taken on the Heath. @scottybartelsScott Bartels photograph of a bee taken on the Heath. @scottybartels

And now the deadline for entries, submitted via social media app Instagram, has passed, the judging panel – with head judge Paul Brazier the brains behind the Guiness surfers ad – has its work cut out to whittle down to the winner in a few weeks’ time.

“The winner might well surprise people. We will have to see,” Mr Weston said.

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