Photography Competition Winners Announced

Published by Vickie Sellick on

On #SomersetDay we’re celebrating all things Quantock, by announcing the winners of our Photographic Competition. Judged by a panel led by the recently retired Quantock Hills AONB Manager, Chris Edwards, it was a difficult decision to find winners in each category.

The winner of People of the Quantocks is Suzanne Fawden, with a fabulous shot of her daughter and her sheep. The judges felt it was an intimate picture of the joy of the outdoors and represents the strong relationship the people of the Quantocks have with domesticated livestock. In second was a picture entitled Cold Dip by Hartley Wolf. This image depicts the residents of Alfoxton House taking a refreshing dip, which the judges loved for its fresh, humorous approach to the category title.  Sunset on Firebeacon by Paula Beazley and Untitled (smoke), by Rod Higginson were both highly commended.

Taking First prize in Quantock Working was Hedgelaying, by Stephen Tierney. The judges felt this really captured the hard work involved in hedgelaying, a rural skill that is having a resurgence in the Quantock Hills as more landowners look to traditional land management. In second, and the winner of the best picture from a young person under 16, was Estella Fawdens’ Shearing photograph. Captured in close up and in black and white, it is evocative and represents the agricultural grazing traditions of the Quantocks.

The winner our final Category, Village Life, was a wonderful black and white shot of a thatched cottage, by Rod Higginson. In second was The Road Home by Jane McNeall, a view of the road into Crowcombe from the hilltops, representing the journey back to home and into the village. A photograph of some of the residents of the village of Stogumber enjoying the wildflower meadow, by Jackie Henderson, illustrating the boundary of the QLPS beyond the AONB, was highly commended.

Well done to everyone and thanks to all those who took the time to send entries in. We’ll share some of the best pictures over the next few weeks, and be in touch with the winners via email.