BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2019

Your chance to celebrate the best of the British countryside!

Now in its seventh year, the annual BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards recognises the best of the British countryside, from mighty landmarks and outstanding nature reserves to superb national parks and fine rural pubs.

How it works

Reader nominations have now closed - thank you for your contribution.

Judging

A panel of six judges will examine the nominations and whittle these down to a shortlist of five in each category for you to vote for in January 2019. The judges will assess the quality of the nominations against a series of criteria set out below. The judging panel comprises four independent judges and two members of the BBC Countryfile Magazine editorial team. A list of the judges is available on request.

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Voting opens

Public voting will open online and via postal vote in January 2019. This is your chance to vote on the finalists chosen by our judging panel. The winners will then be announced online in February 2019.

Meet the winners and runners-up in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018

Nominations for the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards have now closed. 

Categories

We have 10 categories in this year's awards - here are the categories:

  1. Holiday destination
    We’re looking for an outstanding general location that you love and think deserves to be rewarded. It could be a county, a coastline, a range of hills or simply a beautiful area – but it has to have plenty to excite the countryside lover, stunning landscapes, great activities and memorable places to eat and stay.
  2. Beach
    Simple enough – which is your favourite beach and why is it so special that it deserves an award? Natural beauty and a rich cast of wildlife will be important – as is cleanliness. But most of all, it should have a ‘must-visit’ appeal.
  3. Village
    A new category in this year’s awards. We’re looking for a village that offers something really special – a warm welcome, a powerful sense of community, beauty and demonstrates a clear connection to the countryside.
  4. National Park
    Over the past year, which of our great protected areas do you think does the best job of conserving landscapes, wildlife and local traditions while balancing the needs of visitors and local people?
  5. Country pub
    The judges are looking for a welcoming and attractive village or rural pub in a great location that demonstrates a close connection with its rural surroundings. It should be at the heart of its community but also be a place that people would go out of their way to visit. A good selection of ales and a menu drawing on great local food is also important. The judges will also favour pubs that welcome children, dogs and muddy boots!
  6. Garden
    Which public garden, large or small, has risen to the challenge in 2018 and provided the perfect experience for the visitor? Beauty, innovation and sustainability are key areas the judges will be looking at.
  7. Landmark
    We’re looking for memorable, striking human-made attractions that have meaning and compliment their natural surroundings. It could be a building, a monument, and an artwork or an engineering structure.
  8. Nature reserve
    Which wonderful natural haven has brought you the most memorable wildlife encounters? Where do you like to return to again and again for your fix of  wildlife – and why? The judges are looking for reserves that demonstrate commitment to sustainably protect species and habitats while also working with local communities, schools and businesses to enhance understanding of the natural world. Accessibility for all is also important.
  9. Wildlife success
    Has a conservation story captured your imagination over the past 12 months? It could be focused on a single species or a habitat restoration project that helps a multitude of flora and fauna. We’re looking for innovative ideas that have engaged the local community and volunteers – and led to tangible success (species and habitats protected).
  10. Reader photo*
    Take a good look at the 11 monthly winners from 2018* and choose your favourite.

*Reader Photo of the Month was not featured in every issue

Terms and conditions

Read the terms and conditions of the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards