Our Favourite Photos Of Cornwall In 2021

Yesterday we looked at the most popular aerial pictures of Cornwall this year as chosen by you. Today, it's the turn of the photographers to choose their favourite shots from 2021.

We haven chosen these shots for many different reasons: from being able to capture a beautiful scene, to a reminder of happy times with the family, to a glimpse of normality in strange times.

For many, photography and creativity have helped keep them going in 2021, which will be remembered as the year of global pandemic. We hope that seeing the beauty of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has brought some joy to others too.

 

Carl Brightman ~ Chapel Porth

"My favourite image of the year was taken an hour before sunset from Chapel Porth Beach on the October 20th. We had just had a spell of very wet and grey weather, but this was one of those special evenings when really beautiful light made the sea pop and brought out the warm tones of the cliffs".


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Chapel Porth Beach by Carl Brightman

 

 

    Simon Smith ~ Sandy Acres, Hayle

    "This is my favourite picture because it reminds me of the great British summer this year. It was taken in mid July and we had spent the whole weekend on the beach, surfing and having fun. The water was so warm - you didn't need to be abroad! The photo resembles a John Miller painting I used to have of the same area. For me, it's summer all in one picture!"

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     Sandy Acres by Simon Smith

     

    Gareth Tibbs ~ St. Mary's Harbour, Isles Of Scilly

    "I chose this picture because it was lovely seeing St. Mary’s Quay busy towards the end of summer. It was the welcome return of Cornish Gig Clubs racing on Scilly once again, during the heritage weekend".

     

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     St. Mary's Harbour by Gareth Tibbs

     

    Duncan Scobie ~ Truro Cathedral

    In June Cornwall hosted the G7 Summit. The song Sing2G7 was composed for the event, to give children a way to communicate with the world leaders that attended.

    In filming the music video for Sing2G7 Duncan Scobie was allowed  to fly around Truro Cathedral, which resulted in this fantastic portrait of the Cathedral from outside.


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     Truro Cathedral by Duncan Scobie

     

    Jamie Turnbull ~ Nags Head Rock, St. Agnes. Isles Of Scilly

    "This is my favourite photo that I've taken in 2021 simply because it worked. Quite a lot of the time you have ideas of photographs that then don't work. I wanted to shoot the first light illuminating the rock so that it really stood out from the background. I was lucky enough to score a very colourful sunrise, and captured the dawn colours reflecting off the rock.

    This could have been shot with a normal camera, but using a drone made it so much easier! Not having to trample the heather and gorse, and being able to make very small changes to composition to try and achieve 'maximum-horsiness' from the rock - all would have been very difficult without a drone".

     

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     Nags Head Rock by Jamie Turnbull

     By Jamie Turnbull

    Our Most Popular Pictures Of 2021

    It's just over a year ago that our online gallery of aerial photography covering Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly first opened. In that time 30,000 people from 75 countries have visited the gallery.

    Throughout 2021 we've added many new pictures to the gallery, as well as articles exploring Cornwall from the air, and new photographs from our photographers on Facebook and Instagram.

    In total, we've shared more than 500 pictures of Cornwall from above. What follows are the pictures that have been most popular this year.

     

    Most Viewed Picture In The Gallery

    Our most popular picture in the gallery, viewed some 750 times over the course of the year, is this picture of Fowey by Brendan Fitzgerald.

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    Fowey by Brendan Fitzgerald

     

    Most Engaging Picture In The Gallery

    While the above picture was the most popular in terms of number of views, the picture that people spent the longest time looking at was Jubilee Pool From Above by Duncan Scobie. A shot of the Jubilee Swimming Pool in Penzance.

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    Jubilee Pool From Above by Duncan Scobie

     

    Best Selling Picture In The Gallery

    Our best selling picture on the gallery this year is Chapel Rock and Surf Club, by Jamie Turnbull, which is a shot of the Perranporth Surf Lifesaving Club Ladies paddling around Chapel Rock Perranporth.

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    Chapel Rock and Surf Club by Jamie Turnbull

     

    Most Widely Read Blog

    Of all of the articles that we've published on the gallery this year our blog post Exploring Perranporth ~ Extreme Tides proved to be the most popular, being read 3,650 times!

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    Watering Hole Sunrise by Jamie Turnbull

     

    Most Viewed Facebook Post

    Our most popular post on Facebook was this vertical panorama of 'The Prison', which is a collapsed sea cave on the North Coast of Cornwall between Perranporth and St. Agnes, which was viewed by over 90,000 people on Facebook.

    The popularity of this picture appears to be down to the fact that while many people are familiar with this stretch of coastline, 'The Prison' itself cannot be seen from the coast path.

    This photograph thus reveals a familiar location to contain a spectacular geological feature that cannot otherwise be seen, and would not otherwise be known to be there. It is testament to the power of aerial photography to reveal novel features of landscapes that we're already familiar with; and so allow us to see them in new ways.

    By Jamie Turnbull