25 Years - Art Competition

This art competition was organised for us by Troopers Hill Young Rangers to celebrate 25 years since Troopers Hill was declared a Local Nature Reserve.

We had planned to hold a display of the entries on Troopers Hill Field as part of a picnic celebration. This had to be cancelled due to Covid-19, but the winning entries were displayed on posters at the entrances to the Hill and all entries can be seen below.

We also displayed the entries at our Slider Celebration Event in October 2021

Entries and Winners

The results were announced on 22nd June 2020, the 25th anniversary of Troopers Hill being declared as a Local Nature Reserve.

The overall winner was Tin Stanton, who was presented with his trophy on Troopers Hill by the Chair of Friends of Troopers Hill, Susan Acton-Campbell. Tin said,

I'm thrilled to have my artwork chosen as overall winner in this year's competition.

Troopers Hill is a very special place, and this, the first trophy I have won for my artwork will take pride of place at home.

The winners in each category, which can be seen below, have received a certificate. Tin's trophy for the overall winner was kindly donated by Didac of the Woodwise Academy, Crews Hole. A big thank you also to our judges, Angie, Tony, Skye & Tyler.

Tony Rudman, one of our judges said

"It gave me great pleasure seeing the wonderful range of work submitted and seeing the joy Troopers Hill clearly brings to those who visit. The work reflected the expansive views, the abundant wildlife and the way it is used for recreation and contemplation.

I would also like to thank Susan Acton-Campbell for the work she has put into running this competition and what she and the committee do to keep this such a special place."

Skye, one of the Young Rangers who organised the competition added

"I was very pleased that we were able to continue with this competition despite the Coronavirus pandemic, I hope that the original planned exhibition on the Hill will be able to take place soon."

Scroll down for a clickable slide show of all the entries.

Click on the winning entries below to see larger image.

******* WINNERS *******

Tin Stanton - Overall & Over 16 Flora & Fauna

I am a mature student studying at UWE in Drawing & Print. 
On his instagram Tin is offering high quality prints on heavyweight A3 sized glossy paper of this winning entry for £30 each (of which he has kindly said £10 will go to Friends of Troopers Hill).

Ceridwen Hazelchild - Over 16 People & History (incl pets)

Annette des Forges - Over 16 Landscape

a sketch I did last year at the Hanham arts club

Joe - Age 12-16 Flora & Fauna

Zoe - Age 12-16 People & History (incl pets)

Pencil drawing into the category People and History (and pets). The subjects in the drawing are friends of ours who can be found walking around Troopers Hill most days!

Freddie - Under 12 People & History (incl pets)

photo he just took on his phone of our dog maggie on the hill

Ellie - Under 12 Flora & Fauna

Bee artwork- melted crayon wax

Marcy - Under 12 Landscape

her image is trying to capture how precious Troopers Hill is and the fact we need to take care of it

******* Highly Commended *******

Jane Vellender
Lizzy Horn - Keri Levan
Freddie - Will - Reuben

Some of our winners with their certificates

Ellie - Keri
Marcy - Lizzy - Will
Joe - Jane - Freddie

All Entries

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Competition Details

 We were looking for art work that features aspects of the Hill or is inspired by the Hill, its history, its wildlife or its visitors.

 Judging was in three categories

• Wild flora and fauna
• Landscape and Geology
• People and History
  (including pets on the Hill!)

 Age groups:
Under 12 years, 12-16 years, and over 16.

 Art work could be in any form, including sculptures or other 3D art but images of the art work must be submitted in the first instance.

 All entries are shown to this website. Printed images (A3 or A4 size) will be laminated and displayed on Troopers Hill Field at a later date.

 The competition was organised by the Troopers Hill Young Rangers.

 The competition was open for entries from 1st March to 31st May 2020

 Didac of the Woodwise Academy, Crews Hole have kindly agreed to sponsor the trophy for the overall winner.

Looking for Inspiration?

While it is now too late to enter the competition we are always pleased to see art work inspired by Troopers Hill. You can add images to our social media accounts:

 |  TroopersHill |  @TroopersHill |   @FriendsofTroopersHill |  Troopers Hill Flickr Group |

Or email

For inspiration, go for a walk on the hill - the colours and shadows are always changing.

Our two listed chimneys are its best known features but there are also a range of shapes and colours in the rocks and the humps and bumps left by quarrying and mining.

There are a great selection of plants and insects on the heathland and grassland of the Hill itself, but you might also want to explore the woodland.

Sunset viewed from the Hill can also be an inspirational moment and don't forget to look up during the day at what is flying past - you never know what you might see.

Or explore this website, there is loads of information about the Hill's Wildlife, Geology and History. You might also gain inspiration from other people's Memories or Old Photographs.

Judging Panel

Professional artists, Angie Tonge who runs the Summerhill Arts Club and Tony Rudman, who runs the Young at H’art group , joined the Young Rangers on the judging panel.

Angie runs the friendly, supportive and creative Summerhill Arts Club from 9:45am - 11:45am on Tuesdays at Summerhill Methodist Church, 5 Air Balloon Rd, BS5 8LB.

For more information contact Angie on 07748 001420.

Tony runs the Young at H’art group meeting at 2pm on Tuesdays at the Wellspring Centre at Barton Hill. More about Tony and his work can be seen on his website at www.rudmanarts.co.uk.

If you are interested in commissioning Tony for art tuition, art works, or would like to purchase one of his images, please contact Tony directly.

Troopers Hill Young Rangers on the panel were Tyler & Skye (shown here on the Hill with the competition poster). Luke who created the image of the fox on the Hill shown above was also involved in organising the competition.

Competition Rules & How to Enter

Sorry, entries to the competition closed on 31st May 2020, the rules were as below:

• There are 3 categories: Landscape, People and History, Wild flora and fauna.

• Age groups: Under 12 years old, 12-16 years old and over 16.

• Each person can submit up to 3 entries.

• Email to include artist's name, age group & entry category.

• Prizes – there will be a winner in each category for each age group, who will all have a laminated certificate. There will be a trophy for the overall winner.

• The judging panel will use a point scoring process. The judges will not be told who submitted the art work.

• While shortlisting will be on assessment of submitted images; the judges may ask to see the original art work for the final judging.

• Please submit sufficient images of each art work to allow the judges to make a proper assessment at the shortlisting stage.

• Photographs are considered to be artwork, but the judges will be looking for photographs with particular artistic merit.

• If you enter an image, you will retain the copyright to that image, but you will automatically give us the rights to use that image as we see fit in the future in our, or allied groups, publicity.

• A statement of ownership of the work you submit will be required.

• If the age of the artist is not stated we will assume you are over 16.

• Judges and Friends of Troopers Hill's decisions are final.

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