12 Stunning Coastal Photos That Prove You Can't Beat The British Seaside

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You don’t have to travel abroad for picturesque beaches, dramatic cliffs or moody seas.

Some awe-inspiring spots along Britain’s coastline are being showcased in a global photography competition. From brightly coloured beach huts in Essex to cascading Cornish waves, you’ll find bags of character, mystique and drama – and closer to home that you might expect.

Beach huts at Brightlingsea, Essex taken just before dusk.
Beach huts at Brightlingsea, Essex taken just before dusk.

The photos have been submitted as part of the CEWE Photo Award 2019, a global competition that aims to celebrate photography around the world. It’s free to enter, whether you’re a keen amateur photographer or established professional, with photos judged by a panel of recognised industry experts.

Here are some of the stunning entries to the competition.

Beaumaris Sealine: Colourful houses line the seafront in Beaumaris, Anglesey.
Beaumaris Sealine: Colourful houses line the seafront in Beaumaris, Anglesey.
Elgol on Skye Island.
Elgol on Skye Island.
A momentary lapse of reason: A long exposure leads to a dreamy cloudlike sea in this shot, taken at sunrise in Felixstowe, Suffolk.  
A momentary lapse of reason: A long exposure leads to a dreamy cloudlike sea in this shot, taken at sunrise in Felixstowe, Suffolk.  
Scottish sunrise: A boat traverses the horizon in this stunning shot captured from the coast of Aberdeen. 
Scottish sunrise: A boat traverses the horizon in this stunning shot captured from the coast of Aberdeen. 
Boat at Sunrise: A moody sunrise and a long exposure led to this stunning shot, taken in Dungeness.
Boat at Sunrise: A moody sunrise and a long exposure led to this stunning shot, taken in Dungeness.
Wild sea: Sea water cascades over the pier in this shot, taken in Teignmouth, Devon.
Wild sea: Sea water cascades over the pier in this shot, taken in Teignmouth, Devon.
A race against the falling light: Taken at dusk at Cromer Pier, Haverhill.
A race against the falling light: Taken at dusk at Cromer Pier, Haverhill.
The storm before the rest: Waves break on the rocks of Godrevy, Cornwall on an otherwise quiet evening.
The storm before the rest: Waves break on the rocks of Godrevy, Cornwall on an otherwise quiet evening.
Late evening light bounces from the causeway in this shot of St Michaels Mount, Cornwall. 
Late evening light bounces from the causeway in this shot of St Michaels Mount, Cornwall. 
Early Morning at Hushinish: Sunrise casts colourful light over Hushinish Beach on Harris, Outer Hebrides.
Early Morning at Hushinish: Sunrise casts colourful light over Hushinish Beach on Harris, Outer Hebrides.
Sunrise explosion: A sunrise combined with low tide makes for a stunning image of Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland taken from the North Beach.
Sunrise explosion: A sunrise combined with low tide makes for a stunning image of Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland taken from the North Beach.