Charity Calendar Celebrates Yorkshire Dales

News > Charity Calendar Celebrates Yorkshire Dales


Date of issue: 21 August 2017

A collection of photographs depicting some of the best loved locations across the Yorkshire Dales, as well as some less well known views, have been brought together for a charity calendar that will raise money to support the local area.

Seasonal scenes from all corners of the Yorkshire Dales are featured in the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) 2018 calendar. Images include the iconic wildflower meadows at Muker, Ruskin’s much loved view of the River Lune near Kirkby Lonsdale, and a frosty Redmire bathed in winter sun. Some local residents also feature in this celebration of the Dales, including sheep and a red squirrel.

The images were brought together through an annual photography competition run in collaboration with Yorkshire Cottages – a long standing supporter of YDMT.

Sarah Pettifer, Fundraising & Communications Officer at YDMT, said: “We are very grateful to all the talented individuals who shared their favourite images with us. With over 200 entries we were spoilt for choice, but fortunately local photographer Steve Finch helped us with the tricky task of judging. We are thrilled with the finished result which is a real celebration of the Yorkshire Dales. I’d also like to say a big thank you to Fever Digital for very kindly designing the calendar free of charge for us once again.”

Steve Finch said: “I was looking for pictures which were unequivocally ‘Dales’, were technically of a good standard and of course make you go back and have a second look.”

Paul Hunter’s shot of harvest time near Semer Water scooped first prize, while Remco Rog from the Netherlands took second place, with a dramatic photograph of Dentdale.

The calendar is on sale now and all money raised will support important work to protect and enhance this special part of the world for future generations, from education and outreach to heritage conservation, habitat restoration and grants for rural communities.

Drew Dunn, Director of Yorkshire Cottages said, “We are proud to continue our support for Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust. Over the years we’ve donated more than £20,000 to the charity, supporting a lot of fantastic work across the region. This competition has become an annual tradition which we are happy to be involved in year after year.”

All the design work for the calendar was carried out for free by Skipton-based design and web agency Fever Digital. Creative Director, Jonny Priestley, said: “We are very lucky to live and work in this fantastic part of the world, and it’s a pleasure to give something back to the area by supporting YDMT. We’ve been involved in producing the charity calendar for the last six years, and each year we’re excited to see the chosen photographs - I think that this year’s selection is better than ever."

The calendar is available to buy online priced at £10 (including UK delivery) at or by calling 015242 51002.

Image: Red squirrel at Snaizeholme, by Les Fitton (April’s image)

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