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Incredible images reveal the beauty of Britain in National Trust’s 2020 Handbook

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The National Trust has released the stunning pictures that will make up its 2020 handbook as it reveals the winner of its annual competition is a sunset on the Isle of Wight.

Les Lockhart’s shot of Newtown’s National Nature Reserve was chosen from thousands of entries and will be on the front cover of the book.

The photographer from East Cowes said: ‘I love being able to go out to Newtown regularly, whether it’s during the day to watch all the wildlife, or in the evening for the sunset.’

Les Lockhart's shot of Newtown's National Nature Reserve (pictured) was chosen from thousands of entries and will be on the front cover of the book

Les Lockhart’s shot of Newtown’s National Nature Reserve (pictured) was chosen from thousands of entries and will be on the front cover of the book

One of the finalists was a tranquil shot of Lake Buttermere in the Lake District (pictured), which was taken by Christopher Carthern

One of the finalists was a tranquil shot of Lake Buttermere in the Lake District (pictured), which was taken by Christopher Carthern

The National Trust selected these images on how the scenes help people's wellbeing and shows the organisation's work. Pictured: Edyta Rice's shot of the Cliffs of Botallack in Cornwall

The National Trust selected these images on how the scenes help people’s wellbeing and shows the organisation’s work. Pictured: Edyta Rice’s shot of the Cliffs of Botallack in Cornwall

A finalist also showed clouds swarming on Carnedd Dafydd in North Wales (pictured, by Toby Cross) with two hikers in the foreground

A finalist also showed clouds swarming on Carnedd Dafydd in North Wales (pictured, by Toby Cross) with two hikers in the foreground

Expert judges Tom North, the membership director of the National Trust, Helen Lewis, creative director at Pavilion Books, Chris Lacey, head of photography, at the National Trust, Megan Taylor, a National Trust photographer, and Simon King, a naturalist, presenter, author and wildlife cameraman picked Mr Lockhart's as the winner. Pictured: Bowfell in the Lake District, which was taken by Jeanie Collinson

Expert judges Tom North, the membership director of the National Trust, Helen Lewis, creative director at Pavilion Books, Chris Lacey, head of photography, at the National Trust, Megan Taylor, a National Trust photographer, and Simon King, a naturalist, presenter, author and wildlife cameraman picked Mr Lockhart’s as the winner. Pictured: Bowfell in the Lake District, which was taken by Jeanie Collinson

He continued: ‘It’s such a beautiful, peaceful location, and there are so many features that make it a great place for photography too, like the walkway and the boats on the estuary.’

Mr Lockhart fended off 1,500 photographers, before it was narrowed down to 14 for the final shortlist.

The National Trust selected these images on how the scenes help people’s wellbeing and shows the organisation’s work. Entrants were asked to submit shots on the theme of ‘places that make you feel good’.

Bluebells surround trees in a forest at Ashridge Estate in Hertfordshire in this stunning picture taken by Julie Thomas

Bluebells surround trees in a forest at Ashridge Estate in Hertfordshire in this stunning picture taken by Julie Thomas

Mr King said: 'Les's photo stood out because of the beautiful composition, with the wooden walkway drawing the eye in and giving that combination of the gentle touch of man in a wild landscape. Pictured: Sarah Gibson's image of children playing at dusk on Knoll's Beach in Dorset

Mr King said: ‘Les’s photo stood out because of the beautiful composition, with the wooden walkway drawing the eye in and giving that combination of the gentle touch of man in a wild landscape. Pictured: Sarah Gibson’s image of children playing at dusk on Knoll’s Beach in Dorset

Gabriel Gilson captured Lundy island in Devon for her entry. It shows the popular hiking route with the sea over the cliffs

Gabriel Gilson captured Lundy island in Devon for her entry. It shows the popular hiking route with the sea over the cliffs

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Northern Ireland's world famous Giant's Causeway also made the final cut, with this image taken by Glenn Miles showing two people waving from the hexagonal rocks

Northern Ireland’s world famous Giant’s Causeway also made the final cut, with this image taken by Glenn Miles showing two people waving from the hexagonal rocks 

This image taken by Minchen Liang shows a young girl taking a picture of a lake at Castle Ward's National Trust in Co Down, Northern Ireland

This image taken by Minchen Liang shows a young girl taking a picture of a lake at Castle Ward’s National Trust in Co Down, Northern Ireland

Pictures show a tranquil Lake Buttermere in the Lake District, clouds swarming on Carnedd Dafydd in North Wales and Bluebells at Ashridge Estate in Hertfordshire.

Expert judges Tom North, the membership director of the National Trust, Helen Lewis, creative director at Pavilion Books, Chris Lacey, head of photography, at the National Trust, Megan Taylor, a National Trust photographer, and Simon King, a naturalist, presenter, author and wildlife cameraman picked Mr Lockhart’s as the winner.

Another of the runner-up photographs was of Birling Gap in East Sussex, showing a family playing on the beach. It was taken by Hannah Slater

Another of the runner-up photographs was of Birling Gap in East Sussex, showing a family playing on the beach. It was taken by Hannah Slater

Edward Gorochowski photographed these two children in Tyntesfield - a Victorian Gothic Revival estate - in North Somerset for his entry

Edward Gorochowski photographed these two children in Tyntesfield – a Victorian Gothic Revival estate – in North Somerset for his entry

The 2020 handbook will be sent to the National Trust's 5.6million members in time for next year. Pictured: People playing outside Tyntesfield, Somerset in Zsofia Polos's picture

The 2020 handbook will be sent to the National Trust’s 5.6million members in time for next year. Pictured: People playing outside Tyntesfield, Somerset in Zsofia Polos’s picture

An English garden in Nymans, near Handcross in West Sussex also finished as a runner up in Jason Reid's picture

An English garden in Nymans, near Handcross in West Sussex also finished as a runner up in Jason Reid’s picture

Sarah Gibson's image of a young girl smiling as she runs across a sand dune in Knoll Beach, Studland, Dorset. The image was another of the finalists

Sarah Gibson’s image of a young girl smiling as she runs across a sand dune in Knoll Beach, Studland, Dorset. The image was another of the finalists

Mr King said: ‘Les’s photo stood out because of the beautiful composition, with the wooden walkway drawing the eye in and giving that combination of the gentle touch of man in a wild landscape.

‘It captures a moment in light that is ephemeral, but entirely possible for anyone to witness if they spend time in a place like this.’

The 2020 handbook will be sent to the National Trust’s 5.6million members in time for next year.

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