Winning landscape

An amateur photographer originally from Slovakia has been picked by TV explorer Ben Fogle as the winner of a national photo competition to find the UK’s winning National Parks landscape.
Michal Tekel, 35, who now lives in Nottingham with his wife and two young children, has been taking photos as a hobby since he was 15. He said: “I like to visit National Parks around Britain, usually I take my family with me – and always my camera! This was only my second visit to Snowdonia. The first time we just did a family walk so this was my first chance to walk up to any of the peaks.
“I took this photo because it was a really breathtaking view – it was the combination of the mountains surrounding the lakes that I thought was really special. I’m thrilled to win, I’ve never entered a photo competition in the UK before,” he added.
Ben Fogle said, “This stunning photograph of Cwm Idwal in Snowdonia National Park, for me, sums up the eclectic diversity and variety of our National Parks. It is a beautiful photograph in its composition of green rolling hills, rugged rock, soaring mountains, reflective lakes and thousands of acres of sky.”
The winning photo and all the other entries can be seen at
National Parks Week 2012 – July 30-Aug 5 2012:
This year’s National Parks Week theme is all about celebrating our beautiful winning landscapes which have inspired generations of runners, cyclists, sailors, mountaineers and Olympic athletes to train harder and aim higher (Lord Coe among them).
There will be activities and events throughout the UK’s Family of National Parks for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy. For more information see:

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