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The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2019

The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2019

Starts: January 19 - 10:00am
Ends: March 17 - 4:00pm

The British Wildlife Photography Awards celebrate the beauty and diversity of British wildlife as captured by amateur and professional photographers. This exhibition presents the winning pictures chosen from thousands of entries and is a showcase for the country’s leading photographers.

This stunning collection comprises around 90 photographs chosen across fifteen categories including coast and marine life, animal behaviour, plants, habitats, the seasons and urban wildlife. There are also categories for film and junior photographers. Each image is accompanied by the photographer’s personal insights into the circumstances and inspiration behind the shot.

These incredible photographs give us a chance to marvel at the wonders of British wildlife from the spectacular to the everyday, all presented in thought-provoking and eye-catching compositions.

Image: Bug Eyed by Keith Trueman 2018 winner – 2019 winners yet to be revealed!


New Forest Wildlife - Children's Photography Competition Display

New Forest Wildlife - Children's Photography Competition Display

Starts: January 28 - 10:00am
Ends: February 8 - 4:00pm

Photographs taken as part of our wildlife photography competition will be displayed in the McCarthy Roon for everybody to admire. FREE ACCESS.
(During weekdays the room is used for meetings: please pre-book your visit on 01590 676969 or just drop in at weekends.)


St Barbe Open Exhibition 2019

St Barbe Open Exhibition 2019

Starts: March 23 - 10:00am
Ends: June 2 - 4:00pm

In 2018 the St Barbe 19th Open made a very successful transition to the new gallery spaces and a new online entry method with the largest ever submission and just under a hundred works exhibited. The resulting exhibition was the best yet and we hope that this year’s exhibition will prove even more popular. Since it was established in 2000 the Open has become one the highlights of the local arts calendar, drawing artists from Hampshire, Dorset and beyond.

The exhibition is open to paintings, prints, drawings and three-dimensional works and is selected by a panel of professional artists and curators. A host of prizes and a chance to exhibit in the new galleries are drawing more and more entries. The stiff competition for selection means that the standard gets higher every year, providing a treat for our visitors and a chance to buy high quality affordable art. This is a selling exhibition.

This year’s prizes include:

Specsavers, Lymington People’s Choice Award (£250)

The Blake Morgan Award for best painting (£250)

The Mary and John Symons Memorial Award for best print (£250)

The Coastal Gallery Award for best contemporary abstract work (£100)

The Ted Marsh Award for best work by an artist aged 18-21 (£100)

The Beaulieu Fine Arts Award for best work by a non-professional artist (£50 of framing)

Image: Deep Winter by Maureen Davies entry from 2018

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR ONLINE ENTRY AND T&Cs!


St Barbe Young Artist’s Open 2019

St Barbe Young Artist’s Open 2019

Starts: March 23 - 10:00am
Ends: June 2 - 4:00pm

2018 saw the inaugural Young Artist’s Open exhibition to encourage budding artists to take part in the Open exhibition. It got off to a flying start with 89 entries, all of which were shown in a vibrant display alongside the main Open exhibition.

So we are delighted to announce the second Young Artist’s Open for 2019. Artists aged up to 17 can submit a two-dimensional artwork on a standard- sized board provided by the museum using whatever materials they wish.

This year’s prizes include:

Ted Marsh Memorial Award for Under 7s (artist’s materials worth £25)
Ted Marsh Memorial Award for 7 – 11s (artist’s materials worth £50)
Ted Marsh Memorial Award for 12-17 (£75 cash prize)

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR ONLINE ENTRY & T&Cs