Harvest 2018 photo competition: Winner and best of the rest

We’ve had a bumper crop of entries for this year’s harvest photo competition – almost 1,000 reader snaps were uploaded to our gallery.

We were impressed by the creativity of the shots entered this year and the huge variety in subject, from the traditional combining scene to stunning wildlife, dramatic weather and cute kids and pets.


Congratulations to this year’s winner Charlie Chambers, whose arresting aerial view of harvest in Northamptonshire won us over.

Drone harvest photo

© Charlie Chambers

This has been Charlie’s first year working a harvest and he has been carting with Brixworth Farming Company this season.

“This image was taken one evening over one of our two combines as it was unloading into our other chaser,” he says.

“I always carried the drone with me in the tractor and tried to time my flights when the bins were empty to give me the best chance of having good light, getting the drone up, getting the shot and most importantly not holding up the combines.”

Picking a winner to feature on the front cover of the 7 September magazine was no easy task, so here are some of the runners-up, along with the photos that make harvest such a special time of year.

You can check out all of the amazing entries by heading to our 2018 harvest photo competition gallery.

See also: The latest harvest news and analysis

Runner up

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© Peter Niblock

A scenic backdrop really makes this picture of cutting oilseed rape in County Down, Northern Ireland. It was submitted by Peter Niblock and came a very close second in this year’s competition.

Best of the rest

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© Alexander Winslade

Alexander Winslade seized the moment of harvesting oats while chilling in the back of his Unimog.

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© Carl Grundy

A dramatic sky underlined with round bales at Sunk Island, East Yorkshire, captured by Carl Grundy.

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© Richard James

Contributing this haunting image of harvest versus fire this summer is Richard James.

Harvest dog

© Charlotte Watlow

Charlotte Watlow grabbed a shot of her handsome border collie Moss keeping guard in Norfolk.

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© James Pugh

A Claas Lexion 770 Terra Trac in action before those skies open up in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Taken by James Pugh.

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© Andrew Greenwood

A powerful reminder of how dry this harvest has been. Andrew Greenwood used his eye-in-the-sky to look down on a John Deere and Bailey trailer full of wheat in arid conditions in Lincolnshire.

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© John Barker

A Claas Dominator presses on under an epic summer sunset in East Hardwick, West Yorkshire by Jon Barker.

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© Kevin Thomas

Kevin Thomas captures this moment of a summer day in North Wales with contractors fetching in grass.

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© Steven Geater

Leiston Abbey provides a scenic backdrop for harvesting wheat in Suffolk, taken by Steven Geater.

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© Michael Szollosi

Combining with a golden heavenly glow grabbed by Micheal Szollosi.

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© Natalie Northway

Natalie Northway shares this photo of little farmer Hugo King at the helm of the combine (with some help from dad Sam), taken at their farm in Newbury.

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© Nick Combes

Little and large – a snapshot sent in by Nick Combes. It features a Massey MF8 4m combine in front of a New Holland CR 10.90 with a 41ft header.

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