Major new outdoor photography exhibition at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest They explore some of the key challenges facing the natural world across the planet, and these stunning images are now on show in Hampshire.

Taken from finalists in this year's global Earth Photo competition, 24 large scale photos are on display along the Play Trail at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest near Ringwood.

Moors Valley is only one of only three locations around the UK where it’s possible to visit these stunning submissions for the Earth Photo prize.

The park is currently open for local exercise only, with limited facilities.

Created by Forestry England and the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) the competition is open to both amateur and professional photographers and celebrates images and videos that document the natural world, its breathtaking beauty, and ever-growing fragility.

Bournemouth Echo: dead tree #1, part of the Earth Photo competition exhibition at Moors Valley Country Park & Forestdead tree #1, part of the Earth Photo competition exhibition at Moors Valley Country Park & Forest

Images on show this year include diverse and striking images of people, nature and the challenges facing many communities. These include plastic-polluted seas in Kuwait, contaminated creeks in Spain, homeless children in Bangladesh, Chinese tea pickers, and fishermen from Vietnam. Taken together, the images capture a sense of the often awe-inspiring and always dynamic world at a time when human influence and activity is in sharp focus.

“We are delighted to be just one of three of the nation’s forests hosting this Earth Photo exhibition," says Melanie Keddie, marketing manager for Forestry England in Dorset "The complete exhibition online of all the finalists was great to view in lockdown but seeing some of the work in print and on this scale gives a wonderfully different perspective.

“Not only are the images thought-provoking and stunning, some show an amazing contrast between forests across the globe and what we can see here in our local forests and outdoor spaces.

The themes of the exhibition; People, Place, Nature, Changing Forests and Climate of Change are all integral to the work we do at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest.”

The photos will be on show at Moors Valley until February 21.

Moors Valley Country Park & Forest, Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Ringwood

01425 470721