Favourite Pictures of Cornwall ~ 2022

Do you have a favourite photograph that you've taken this year? This is the question that we asked eight aerial photographers from across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

By way of reply, here are eight shots taken in 2022, and chosen by the photographers themselves as their favourites of the year.


Jamie Turnbull

I took this shot on a sunny afternoon in August on the beautiful island of Saint Agnes, on the Isles of Scilly. It's my favourite because of the light on the lighthouse, but also because it reminds me of all of the happy times I've spend on this island.


downs cottage, saint agnes

 Downs Cottage, St. Agnes, Isles of Scilly


Gareth Tibbs

After a break of two years, Pi the humpback whale returned to the waters off the Isles of Scilly. "I have been waiting two years to capture better whale shots. This time Pi was right in by the rocks - and the advancements in drone technology, with the 7x optical zoom, allows you to get much closer. These opportunities don’t come around very often!"


'Pi' the Humpback Whales, Isles of Scilly


Carl Brightman

"It was one of those nights which wasn’t planned, and turned out to be a magical summers evening, so warm and still - like the Mediterranean!  Perfect conditions for the shot I had in mind, wanting Polruan to look like an Italian or French village by the sea". 


George Cryer

Morning light on Saint Anthony's Head Lighthouse, on the Eastern side of Falmouth Harbour.

Saint Anthony's Head Lighthouse 


Simon Smith

Timing is everything in this shot: the roundabout at St. Erth goes over the trainline - so when the train goes under the roundabout you can look down and see it passing through!

"This image was my favourite because it captures moments in time, the train taking passengers to St. Ives on the wonderful coastal line - and there’s also the old A30 road which has been left ‘abandoned’ many years ago when the new roundabout was built. Many people including locals never knew about the old trunk road - it’s a great talking point and something only a drone can bring to life."

 Train In A Hole ~ St. Erth

Scott Fisher

This shot of Hayle Rivermouth made it on to the front cover of The Telegraph travel section.

 Hayle Rivermouth

Dave Mably

A top-down shot of a boat and buoy at Rock - with amazing shadows and textures, it's not hard to see why this is Dave Mably's favourite.



Duncan Scobie

"For this shot I spent four hours waiting on the cliff edge! The weather was touch and go ....but just at the right moment the drizzle stopped and the wind dropped ! Show time!"

Fireworks At Lands' End

By Jamie Turnbull

Environmental Awareness And Protest ~ Perranporth

This was a weekend of environmental awareness and protest on Perranporth Beach, with two different events taking place. Saturday saw the Recycled Surf Board Art Installation take shape, while on Sunday a Human Chain was formed in peaceful protest at pollution of the ocean.


Recycled Surf Board Art Installation ~ Saturday the 8th of October 2022

Volunteers in Perranporth collected old and broken surf boards from the beach this summer, with the aim of recycling them. Two hundred and sixty seven and a half boards were collected from the beach, or placed into specially provided recycling bins by visitors.

The collection is part of the Ocean Recovery Project, which is part of Keep Britain Tidy. One of the aims of this project is to reduce the number of cheap bodyboards that flood the beaches across the UK during the summer months.

Cheap boards, imported from China, tend to last for a couple of surf sessions before breaking. 2022 is the first year that Perranporth has benefited from surf board recycling bins.

recycled surfboard art perranporth

Recycled Surfboard Art On Perranporth Beach by Jamie Turnbull

Before sending the boards for recycling, members of PACE (Perranzabuloe Action for the Climate Emergency) decided to make an art installation from them - to highlight the reduction in the amount of waste being sent to landfill. As organiser Faye Treffry explained:

“Creating visual pieces from these boards is a way to spread awareness and share the story of the waste impact of these boards and of the single use approach. We hope to inspire change and encourage people to think about hiring boards, using the traditional wooden boards, or buying a more premium board designed to last for many years”.

recycled surfboard art event

Recycled Surfboard Art Top Down by Jamie Turnbull

The surf boards were arranged on the beach in a design conceived of by contemporary Cornish artist Vicky Gould.


Human Chain ~ Sunday the 9th of October 2022

On the Sunday morning members of the public created a human chain on Perranporth, from Chapel Rock towards Flat Rocks. The chain, where people linked hands, was a silent protest against pollution of the ocean.

As organiser Gem West explained:

“The human chain is a silent protest against ocean disrespect - from raw sewage spillage to plastic waste. The aim is to make a ripple to help bring about change...

perranporth beach human chain

People Get Ready To Form A Human Chain by Jamie Turnbull

Our protest will be sent to companies such as South West Water regarding the raw sewage problem. It will also be sent to MPs and supermarkets regarding single use plastic. Today will hopefully be the beginnings of many more human chains around our coastline.”

human chain protest perranporth

Human Chain on Perranporth Beach by Jamie Turnbull

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