The Darent Valley Photo Project

Monthly Photo Challenge

Free Monthly Photography Workshops

Monthly Photo Walks

Darent Valley Landscape Photographer of the Year Award

Student Portfolio Award

Exhibitions and Books

Help Us to Capture Samuel Palmer's 'Earthly Paradise' for Future Generations

Samuel Palmer, the famous landscape artist, described the Darent Valley as his 'earthly paradise'


The valley runs from near Limpsfield in Surrey following the course of the River Darent until it flows into the Thames near Dartford


From the incredible natural landscape and its river to the fascinating history to the precious range of plant and animal species that inhabit the region – the Darent Valley has an extraordinary story to tell. We want you to help tell it to visitors and residents alike, and to build a lasting digital archive of the landscape and life in the valley, through our two-year photo challenge


Driven by development pressures and climate change, the landscape of the valley is likely to change radically over the next 50 years. We want to build a digital snapshot of the life and landscape in the valley over the next 2 years, through the eyes of the communities and people, old and young, who live in and around the valley.


Every image submitted for the project will be included as part of the DVLPS online digital archive which will be available online indefinitely.

This site is owned and operated by Paul Burgess Photography


What's Happening

Starting Now

The Darent Valley Photo Challenge


Starting on the 16th October, we are running a monthly photo challenge to encourage you to go out into the valley and take photos.


Send us your photos and they will be entered into the image of the month competition. There will be an image of the month award every month, the winner will receive a mounted art print of their image and will be featured in the 2023 Darent Valley Calendar, which will be printed in the autumn of 2022. The best images will also feature in a public exhibition to be held in November 2022 and in a book supporting the show. 


Who can take part?

You don’t have to be an experienced photographer to take part in the project, all you need is access to a digital camera or smartphone and the time to go out into the valley and take photos.


To help give you inspiration, and to help you make great photos there will be 12 free online photography workshops and photo walks in the valley with a different theme every month. The workshops will include material about the history and the wildlife of the valley.


The workshops and walks will be presented by photographer and teacher Paul Burgess ARPS. Paul lives in the valley and is a professional landscape photographer working with the Darent Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme


Starting in November


Darent Valley Landscape Photographer of the Year (DVLPOTY) Competition


This is a challenge for keen photographers to win the title of Darent Valley Landscape Photographer of the Year. Entrants will make a series of images depicting different aspects of the landscape in the valley inspired by the life and works of Samuel Palmer. Entries will close at the end of September. The winning images will appear in a public exhibition in November and will be published in a LPOTY book. There are special classes for students and young photographers.

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How to Get Involved!!

To join in all you have to do is to click the button to register for the free workshop on Saturday 16th October, to learn all about the Photo Challenge, tips on taking better pictures and to learn about some of the unique features of the valley from local experts.

Upcoming Events

  • DV Photo Challenge - Free Photography Workshop Saturday 11th June
    Sat, 11 Jun
    DV Photo Challenge Workshop 11th June 2022
    11 Jun, 10:30 – 12:00
    DV Photo Challenge Workshop 11th June 2022
  • DV Photo Challenge Photo Walk Sunday 19th June - Chevening
    19 Jun, 13:00 – 15:00
    Sevenoaks, Chevening Rd, Sevenoaks TN14 6HG, UK
    Explore the Chalk Downlands around Chevening House