Mobile phone photographer wins prize for ‘model-like’ image of Doc Martin’s Port Isaac

A surreal and captivating image of one of Cornwall’s favourite spots – and the setting for the popular TV series Doc Martin – has beaten the competition to win the South West Coast Path Motographer of the Year 2013 competition, designed to capture a moment in time on the UK’s longest National Trail.

The winning shot was taken on a mobile phone by photographer Bob Small, and chosen by the South West Coast Path team from a shortlist of entrants who submitted their images via Social Media. The runner-up prize went to Nikki Theopil for her shot of walkers taking on a steep incline at Lulworth Ranges in Dorset, which was chosen by award leader of BA Photography at Falmouth University, Deborah Baker, who has worked with artists including Mary Ellen Mark and Robert Mapplethorpe.

Bob Small, a professional photographer who is better known for his more traditional landscape photographs of the Coast Path, said: “I took this shot of Port Isaac on my iPhone using the panorama function, then I used a ’tilt shift’ app to give the focus effect that makes the view look model-like. I always take shots with a phone while I’m out and about as it geo-tags the location and it’s also something I can share straight away on social media.”



Mark Owen, South West Coast Path National Trail Officer, says: “The trend for mobile phone photography, or ‘motography’ as it has become known, is becoming more popular as a result of the improved quality of smart phone cameras and the availability of picture orientated social media apps. Mobile devices actually account for 25 per cent of the digital photos taken these days – so we wanted to reflect that and encourage people to get out and about on the Coast Path and capture not just the spectacular view but points of interest along the way. It was hard to pick a winner but this photo immediately caught our eye as it has a quirky, almost surreal quality to it.”

Deborah Baker, from Falmouth University, chose the runner-up for its “different aspect of the Coast Path away from the sea. The hikers appear very determined, stoically climbing what must be a steep incline due to the angle of their bodies. The sky is a strong colour and the clouds are very distinct. I also enjoyed the windswept terrain and thought it was very typical without being overtly romantic.”

This is the first year the competition has run and it complements the prestigious annual South West Coast Path landscape photography competition, which attracts high-quality contributions from both amateurs and professionals alike. It’s not too late to enter as the deadline is 31 December 2013.

To find out more about the South West Coast Path Photo Competition and for details of this year’s judge Ben Osborne’s Wildlife and Nature photography masterclass, visit

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