Explore Essex and ACL Essex Park Art Competition

We partnered with our friends at ACL Essex to launch the Park Art competition at the start of spring. We received a superb selection of entries - from photographs to paintings - and it was wonderful to see you take inspiration from our country parks. Browse the gallery of entries from talented artists.

Jeni Drake winning entry
The winning entry: Jennifer Drake's portrait of a duck

Congratulations to the winner of the Explore Essex and ACL Essex Park Art competition, Jennifer Drake, with her beautiful watercolour portrait of a duck. The judging panel were captivated by the texture within the painting.

Our Essex Country Parks are home to an abundance of ducks – swimming on the lakes and wandering around the banks – and they bring joy to park visitors and families. We feel this entry symbolises the wildlife at our parks and is a worthy winner of the Park Art competition.

We asked Jeni what inspired her to create her artwork.

My love for wildlife has come from the many hours I spent at Danbury Country Park as a child where my uncle was Park keeper for many years. I loved visiting the lakes, seeing the ducks and the beautiful reflections of the trees in the water, picnics in the summer, and kicking my feet in the leaves in the autumn. A place of freedom, space, plenty of fresh air and a place to think amongst the beauty of the trees and the songs of the birds is why I continue to enjoy my visits to the park.

Jennifer Drake, Park Art Competition Winner

Thanks again to everyone who entered, it really was a tough choice to pick just one winner!

We hope this inspires you to get creative and explore the Essex Country Parks. If so, check out our latest art-themed competition to win a family summer garden hamper here.

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