BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018PUBLISHED ON: 29 JANUARY 2018
Now in their seventh year, the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018 are a celebration of the British countryside and its people.
This year, we invited our readers to send in their suggestions for the greatest sites in the countryside. Our expert panel then gathered to review all of the submissions, and whittle the nominees down to five in each category.
The final shortlist has been announced and voting is now open until Monday 5 March. Our expert panel comprises:
- John Craven, Countryfile presenter
- Miranda Krestovnikoff, BBC presenter and naturalist
- Phoebe Smith, author and adventurer
- Mark Rowe, author and rural affairs journalist
- Sheena Harvey, BBCWildlife Magazine editor
- Fergus Collins, BBCCountryfile Magazine editor.
This expert team deliberated for hours to select five contenders in each category.
Judge John Craven said: ‘Helping to choose the shortlists meant interacting with you, our readers, in a quite remarkable way. We carefully considered every nomination and some were for places I had never heard of but which you obviously love. That made me determined to check the mout, while others rekindled many happy memories. What a pleasant way to spend a few hours – discovering your particular favourites in the massive cornucopia that is our countryside.’
Judge Fergus Collins said: ‘It was a pleasure to spend the afternoon with such knowledgeable and passionate fellow judges – and we all realised how much joy glorious landscapes and their wildlife bring to so many of you. My only disappointment was how few of the nominated country pubs I’d been to– something to work on in 2018. And now it’s over to readers and website visitors to vote on the 10 shortlists and crown the winners of this wonderful celebration of countryside.’
Judge Phoebe Smith said: ‘The BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards are so important. There’s nothing else like them to highlight the incredible landmarks, nature reserves, national parks and conservation initiatives so often overlooked but that really make a difference to our lives. Judging was incredibly tough but so much fun – it’s great to give credit to the well-known places and organisations – as well as getting chance to champion the underdogs that we personally know and love so well. Every single finalist should know they had an ardent supporter among us and well deserve their spot in the shortlist.’
Judge Mark Rowe said: ‘The BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards are about celebrating the joy, wonder and care we all share for the landscapes, wildlife and communities of rural Britain. Whittling down the long lists to shortlists of five entrants for each category was a lengthy but hugely enjoyable task and I was really impressed by my fellow judges’ passion, painstaking attention to detail and knowledge. The shortlists comprise some familiar names and locations as well as more than a few underdogs and intriguing nominations – and they come from all corners of the UK.’
Voting opens from 19 January until midnight on 5 March. Readers can vote online on the BBC Countryfile Magazine website, www.countryfile.com/awards, or by post, sending the form in the February issue of the magazine to:
BBC Countryfile Magazine
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Winners will be announced mid-March in an online ceremony and will appear in the May issue of the magazine, which goes on sale 13 April.
Each winner receives a beautiful wooden plaque.
Readers are encouraged to vote in every category but multiples entries by the same voter will not be accepted.
To view the complete shortlist, please click here.
Notes to Photo Editor:
The New Forest National Park.