World Photo Day: The UK’s most photogenic spots

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by Conrad - 09 November 2016

August 19th 2016 is World Photo Day, a global celebration of photography, and everyone has a chance to take part by registering on the WPD website and uploading your stunning images for the world to see.

It's held each year on 19th August because this was the day in 1839 when the French government first purchased the patent to the daguerreotype, one of the earliest ever forms of photography.

To mark the event you can submit anything from portraits to action shots, but in the UK there's so much stunning scenery to choose from you might prefer to get out and about with your camera - and here are eight great suggestions to get you started.


At the foot of the South Downs in West Sussex, Chichester is the county's only cathedral city and has a fantastic range of places to snap. There's also the beautiful countryside that surrounds it, long sandy beaches and many stunning buildings too.

Tavistock/Dartmouth, Devon

Britain's seafaring past is very much tied up in the histories of both Tavistock and Dartmouth - Sir Francis Drake was born just south of the former. So expect great seascapes as well as pretty harbour scenes with boats of all shapes, sizes and kinds.

The Lake District

The Lake District has long been the inspiration for poets and artists alike and once you've experienced the area for yourself, it's easy to see why. Dramatic hills surround placid lakes, and there are also beautiful towns like Kendal and Bowness-on-Windermere to explore.

South Downs National Park

This area encompasses over 1600 square kilometres of the beautiful Hampshire and Sussex countryside. Pay a visit and you'll be spoilt for choice for places to photograph, from attractive market towns and seaside resorts to breathtaking landscapes filled with all kinds of wildlife.

West Cornwall

The dramatic coastline of West Cornwall combines with small fishing villages and larger towns like Falmouth and Penzance to create the perfect subjects for shots that capture the unique nature of the area. There's also Land's End if you're feeling extra adventurous.

Rufford Abbey

Rufford Abbey, and the country park that surrounds it, are two of Nottinghamshire's most visited attractions. The Abbey was originally a Cistercian monastery but was converted to a grand country house in the 16th century by the 6th Earl of Shrewsbury.

Bath, Somerset

If you're hiring a car in Bath then make sure you take a little time to stop off for some photography. There are the famous baths to capture as well as some of the country's finest examples of broad, curving Georgian terraces.

Ribblehead Viaduct

The Settle-Carlisle line crosses the River Ribble on the Ribblehead Viaduct, around 30 miles northwest of Skipton, North Yorkshire. This masterpiece of civil engineering was completed in 1874 and took more than a thousand men to build.

Hopefully this has given you more than a little inspiration to get out and about with your camera - and the world looks forward to seeing the results on August 19th.

Happy snapping.