In April 1966 the 6th Marquess of Bath, Henry Thynn, caused a stir on the Longleat Estate by opening the first Safari Park outside of Africa.
As part of our year of celebrations we are launching a major new photo exhibition, featuring unique shots of Longleat's animals by TV presenter and wildlife photographer, Simon King, who is renowned for his work on Big Cat Diaries, Planet Earth and new BBC series The Hunt!
It’s been a tricky process as there were so many great entries but we’re delighted to announce that with the help of Simon King we have chosen our 2016 Photographer of the Year Winners.
We’d like to offer a massive congratulations to our first place adult winner, Aaron Parsons, and our first place junior winner, Katie Horrocks. Both Katie and Aaron will be returning to the park this month to further hone their photography skills with Simon King!
We'd also like to congratulate our 2nd place winners Carl Turpie from the adult category and Charlotte Herbert Brown from the junior category, whose stunning photos have won them a family annual pass. And finally, to 3rd place winners, Oliver Jordan from the adult category and Paige Norton Edwards from the junior category, who have each won a family day ticket.
The competition was very close the standard of entries was very high so we'd like to thank everyone who submitted their best shots and took part. Be sure to come and visit the incredible photography exhibition we'll be holding at the park this Easter!
If you’d like a sneak preview of our fantastic winning entries all the photographs can be found on our Facebook page.
This Easter we’re launching an unmissable photography exhibition showcasing a unique set of images taken by renowned wildlife photographer Simon King.
“It has been a delight to work with the animals in Longleat, seeing just how well they fare, how naturally they behave in this magnificent environment. My aim with the images I am taking is to get inside the world of the animals- to be part of the pride!" Simon King
These incredible shots really capture the world of our animals will be supported by some historic images of Longleat which demonstrate what life was like here 50 years ago and of course the winning photographs from our competition. Click here for more details.