Our Cornwall in Winter competition has ended. Come back soon to see the winning entries.

Have you ever tried to describe Cornwall in winter? Sunsets seem to intensify as soon as the clocks go back. We gather around food and drinks and firesides, then get up early to make the most of the morning light. There are exceptional, remarkable moments happening all over the county. Every new day, every new tide. But if you’ve only been here in the summer months, it can be hard to imagine.

That’s why, this winter, we’re showcasing the best that Cornwall has to offer.

Enter the competition

We want to share your stories. Stories from photographers and writers. Walkers, drivers, sailors. Surfers, bakers, pasty-makers. Whether you remember your last winter visit or you live locally. Whether you’re an enthusiast, a pro or a passer-­by with a camera phone.

It’s simple to enter. Upload your winter photo, add a caption and tag your photos on Instagram with #cornwallinwinter and @WatergateBay. Make sure your account is not marked ‘private’.

All entries must include a caption with as much detail as possible. Where was the photo taken? What was happening?

Entries will be judged by the story as a whole – the photo and the caption – in five categories:



The best of the best. A story that captures Cornwall in Winter.



A side to Cornwall we’ve never seen before.



Sunsets and sunrises. Fiery dusk. Misty, milky predawn light.



Firesides, food and drink. Gatherings after dark.



Nature in Cornwall. Landscapes, weather, waves and animals.


Winners in the above categories will have their work featured in the hotel. The grand prize winner will win a stay at Watergate Bay Hotel.

Entries must be submitted before midnight on 15 March 2019

With every entry, you stand the chance of winning the ‘Best in category’ prize or the grand prize. Be creative, be expressive. The balance in life. Being active, getting among the elements, eating and drinking well and having fun. We’re expecting surfers, landscapes, events, animals, food, local businesses. Flocking birds, starry skies, artists at work and fishermen hauling nets. If you can surprise us, all the better.

You can read the terms here.

As long as the image was taken somewhere in Cornwall in winter (not just Watergate Bay) and it is tagged #cornwallinwinter and @WatergateBay, it will be entered.




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Into the swash #cornwallinwinter @watergatebay

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what does winter mean to me ? I’ve never really been a ‘winter person’ by the short days and dreary space but being by the coast and the ocean changes everything especially when it’s at watergate bay. This was shot on my birthday weekend, where it started snowing the day my mum and I was flying back to the east side. It was the most magical moment I have ever witnessed and even though we was worried our flight was going to be delayed I never wanted to leave that moment of beauty. In contrast to this, in the morning, it was like a summers day when we went for a cliff walk to watch the sunrise. This alone just adds to how much I love Cornwall by the weather as each day always brings unforgettable and natural moments for families and the beach. There is always a light in watergate bay that is so uplifting by its laid back atmosphere even though it was winter! My family normally visit watergate bay in the spring and summer but never the winter so it was so special to experience something so special. I am forever grateful for that weekend and seeing snow in my favourite place. Surfing in snow is the best! ✨❄️‍♀️ • @watergatebay #cornwallinwinter

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If you still haven’t entered, use this gallery as an example of winter photography in Cornwall.

Pictures of winter in Cornwall