Photography Competition

Our 2016 Photography Competition has closed

We have launched a photography competition to capture your connection with Salcombe Harbour. Entrants are being asked to send in their best photos of activities, wildlife or landscapes in, on or around the Salcombe-Kingsbridge Estuary.

The photos, which can be taken at any time of the year, should best reflect what Salcombe Harbour means to them.

Salcombe Harbour is a popular recreational and leisure port situated within the South Hams Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty renowned for its intrinsic beauty, character and diversity of wildlife. It was designated an eco-port in 2014.

Adam Parnell the Harbour Master said “The Harbour is an amazingly beautiful location enjoyed by thousands of residents and visitors alike and we want to encourage even more people to discover and enjoy all that the Harbour has to offer.”

The competition is free to enter and the winner will receive a large canvas print of their photograph, a small cash prize and the chance to be immortalised in the ‘Estuarine Escapades’ cartoon strip published on the Harbour Website.

The winning image will also be published in our publications and on a variety of social media websites, so the winner will also have the pleasure of having their creativity widely recognised. This is an exciting opportunity to showcase your skills and possibly kick start your career as a photographer!

The competition is open until 9 September 2016 and details of how to apply and full Terms and Conditions are available here.

If you’d like to see the current entries then have a look at the Competition Gallery

Salcombe Harbour to go Solar

Solar Panels to be installed at Salcombe Harbour Workshop

In the New Year the South Hams District Council will install solar PV panels on the roof of the Salcombe Harbour workshop in Island Square, Salcombe. These will generate a renewable source of electrical energy to meet the workshop’s needs, and will also feed unused ‘surplus’ sustainable energy into the national grid, thereby potentially providing ‘green’ energy to the local electrical infrastructure, too.

After a competitive tendering process  – to ensure best value for money for Council Tax payers – preferred contractor status has been determined and contracts will be signed in the New Year before the work starts immediately afterward.

The solar PV panels are expected to generate up to 11,500kWh of energy throughout each one of their projected 25 years of serviceable life, saving approximately 36,250 tonnes of Carbon during that time when compared to conventional (non renewable) energy sources such as oil or gas fired power stations. Moreover, the Council expects to recoup the installation costs within 5 years, meaning that it will make significant savings on its future energy bills, thereby benefitting Council Tax payers as well.

Salcombe: The Eco Harbour

This scheme perfectly complements the harbour’s eco-port status which was granted to it in 2014 by the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) and will enable the Harbour Authority to pursue its aspiration to convert one of its water taxis to run on solar-charged batteries (announced in News, 23rd October). This is only one of several eco-initiatives being planned by the Harbour Authority; others include greater monitoring of water quality, actively lifting unwanted mooring blocks from the quieter Creeks to return them to a more natural state, incentivising yachts to avoid ‘pumping out’ in the harbour and reducing energy use.