At the Capability Brown Festival we have been celebrating the vibrant vistas of a Capability Brown site in autumn with a photography competition, #CapabilityColours. On the 22nd of November, our competition judges came together at Stowe to select a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize. Additionally, the judges decided to provide two extra awards -- one extra commendation, and an award for an entry uploaded by a site. Click to expand the photos.
This entry by Sue Butler came first! The judges commented on the attractive warmth of colour, stating that the photo is "superbly capturing the period, elegance, classical influence and Brown’s skill with water".
This entry from Amy Forster-Smith came 2nd! The judges praised the photo, stating: "A golden landscape set off by the bright blue sky, with a pleasing composition showing how the bridge has been framed by the contrasting trees".
This instagram entry by Paul Jukes came third. It was complimented for leading the eye on a journey through to the Gothic Temple and colourful oak leaves.
This entry was posted onto the official Twitter account of Sherborne Castle. The judges decided to award an additional category of entry for Brown sites, and selected this for providing a sense of harmony, stating that "Capability's mirror lake reflects deep blue sky and compliments rich and varied autumn hues with textured planting and his Cedars of Lebanon a focal point".
Additionally, the judges decided to commend this photo by Anne, complimenting the Kew tree machine, the autumn palette, and the sense of movement, while encouraging the view to imagine how the machinery may have been used in Brown's time.