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The Avon Estuary Photographic Competition 2018/19

The Avon Estuary Forum and the Aune Valley Water Ski Club are joining together to celebrate and cherish the beauty of an area of the South Hams in Devon. The Avon Estuary is ever changing, with a claim that no two days are the same. The changing seasons contribute to renewal, through the provision of rain, warmth and light. The river and the tides add the most notable twice daily change, flooding the remoter creeks for just the shortest time.  In these few sentences there is a picture created in the imagination, and the addition of your own photographs helps understanding and enjoyment.

The two organisations, AVWSC and the AEF have members who share a love and enjoyment of the Avon Estuary. To extend that appreciation a photographic competition is to be held during the early part of 2019.

The use, and portability of cameras is very much different with digital photography making a result immediately available, and enhancement through various apps and filters. A long distance from the box camera!

The competition is open to everyone. The principle requirement is that an entry can be transferred by e mail.


Guidance notes

The organisers of this competition wish that the photographs are achieved without any consequent impact on where you go, and you ensure that care is applied to your visit to the Avon Valley and Estuary and ensure that you take responsibility for restoring and removing any element that shows you have been there.

You are responsible for your own safety. That responsibility starts with what you wear, and how you prepare. Strong well-fitting boots, outer wear that will keep you dry and warm, and take some water with you.

Part of the Appeal of the area is you can get away from it all. So, just to be sure, let someone know where you are going, and when you aim to be back. A clear mobile phone signal is not available throughout the Estuary area.

If you are likely to spend an extended stay around the Estuary be aware that there two tides in a twenty four hour period. Be aware of times when access on the Tidal Road is limited, and also low tide where mud is prevalent and you should proceed with great care.


Check weather forecasts before you set off. Along coastlines, and river conditions can change rapidly, and sometimes a decision to turn back is the wisest option.

You’ll get more from your visit if you have a map or guide book. Observe the signs and symbols that inform you of the status of walkways, Restricted Byways, bridleways etc.

Leave gates and property as you find them, and follow paths unless wider access is available.

Leave no trace of your visit and take any litter home.
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