Jemma Hearn TOP 1
Photographic Competition


The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust (DPHT) is thrilled to announce the winner of its recent photography competition, which showcased the stunning beauty of Dartmoor and its heritage ponies through the lens of talented photographers.

Dozens of participants submitted a diverse range of images, all captured within the breathtaking landscapes of Dartmoor. After careful deliberation by a panel of judges, including DPHT’s CEO Debbie Leach, the winning photograph was revealed.

Jemma Hearn emerged as the champion with her captivating image featuring a foal on top of a tor, bathed in the soft glow of a sunset. The image resonated with the judges, earning Jemma the top spot.

Additionally, Sarah Cooper’s impressive work earned her two spots in the final selection. Her photographs featured a roan mare at Bellever and a black mare in a sea of bluebells.

Other notable finalists included Graeme Ash, who captured a mare and foal on another tor,

Elaine Smerdon’s striking photograph of a dapple grey mare,

and Angela Wheatley’s charming image of two curious ponies peering at the camera.

All of these stunning photographs will be transformed into greeting cards, with the proceeds from their sales being generously donated to the charity.

Debbie commented: “This was a super competition with some fabulous entries. We are so grateful to our generous sponsors who supported the competition with prizes and, of course, to everyone who entered.”

The success of this competition was made possible with the support of local businesses, including Tavistock-based Flapjackery, Taylor and Moor, and the Dartmoor Soap Co. Malcolm Snelgrove, the charity’s chairman, also gave a half-day photography workshop to the competition’s deserving winner.

A spokesperson from Flapjackery expressed their delight in supporting the competition, emphasising the importance of Dartmoor’s ponies for tourism and conservation grazing. They also shared their ongoing commitment to the charity through donations from their Tavistock shop.

Sarah Taylor, representing Taylor and Moor, hailed the competition’s exceptional standards and praised the awe-inspiring heritage ponies of Dartmoor, citing their unique blend of beauty and resilience as a key attraction for visitors.

Sophie Goodwin-Hughes, owner of the Dartmoor Soap Co, expressed her delight in supporting this heartwarming competition that brought Dartmoor’s ponies into the spotlight.

The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust extends its gratitude to all participants, sponsors, and supporters for their contributions in celebrating and preserving Dartmoor’s iconic heritage ponies.


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