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‘Thought provoking’ image of solar panels near Cwmcarn wins national competition

20 December 2017

An image of solar panels set on a hill near Cwmcarn in South Wales – submitted by Caroline Brown who was born in Pontypool - has won a national competition in Wales, with the judges describing it as ‘thought provoking’.

Winner - 40 Solar Panels Near Cwmcarn

The competition – run by the RTPI Cymru and the Planning Directorate of the Welsh Government – called for entries of photographs showing the different aspects of planning across Wales.

Images illustrating the breadth and depth of planning – from economic to retail to biodiversity and coastal planning – from across Wales were submitted. Entries were judged on their usability in Welsh Government publications and the composition and content of the image.

Roisin Willmott FRTPI, Director of RTPI Cymru said:

“Congratulations Caroline - her thought provoking landscape is well composed and illustrates how good planning makes different uses successfully co-exist. Despite making a significant contribution to Wales’ society, environment and economy, planning often goes unnoticed. This competition has helped make the important work of planners visible to us all.”

Caroline Brown, Senior Associate Graphic Designer, David Lock Associates said:

“I was born in Wales and now live in Milton Keynes, working for a planning and design consultancy, but frequently go back home combining my love of photography with joining friends for long dog walks in the beautiful Welsh countryside. This photograph was taken while out walking in the hills near Cwmcarn. To me it illustrates how careful planning can integrate inorganic structures into the Welsh landscape creating striking contrasts in form and colour.”

Neil Hemington MRTPI, Chief Planner, Welsh Government said:

“Congratulations to the winner. We look forward to using their photograph, along with others submitted, to illustrate the next edition of Planning Policy Wales and our new National Development Framework for Wales.”

Runners up

‘Beach wheelchair Saundersfoot’ submitted by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

'The Works Mech Link' submitted by Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council

Runner Up - 34 Beach Wheelchair Saundersfoot Runner Up - 26 The Works Mech Link

The winner received a year’s family membership with Cadw – the Welsh Government’s historic environment service responsible for 100 castles, abbeys, forts and burial chambers across Wales.