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Photo competition 2017 winner announced!

Monday, 13 November 2017 09:02

Blowing in The Wind Blowing in The Wind David Bond
CPRE Bedfordshire is delighted to announce the winners of its photo competition. The competition was run to mark the charity’s 30th anniversary, during which time it has worked to promote and protect the countryside of Bedfordshire.
 
The theme for the competition was ”Bedfordshire: A Changing Landscape”, and we received 89 entries, each of which offers a different perspective on our beautiful county. The full shortlist of photos can be viewed here on our Facebook page.
 
First prize - Blowing in the Wind: Combining the modern wind turbines with a traditional cornfield by David Bond (pictured)
This dynamic shot shows a backdrop of contrasting wind turbines against a cloudy sky, set against a yellow field of barley in Langford. The judges especially liked the colour, contrast and composition of the shot. The wind turbines also reflect a recent change in the countryside across Bedfordshire. Although they have been the subject of controversial planning decisions, turbines are now a largely accepted feature in many of our landscapes and represent a shift towards a more sustainable use of our natural resources. In this shot, the judges felt that the photographer has found harmony between the new turbines and the agricultural landscape.
 
Runner-up – Morning Glory by Joe McDonald
This striking image shows a farmer at work as the sun rises over a field in Little Staughton. The judges especially liked the mood of the image, and the composition. Farming remains one of the most significant uses of land in Bedfordshire and will continue to have a huge impact on the character of its landscapes.
 
The following photos were commended:
  • Growth by Helen Flack, at Silsoe
  • Riseley Sunset by Tony Pay 
  • Homeward Gallop by Claire Davenport at Icknield Way Farm, beneath Dunstable Downs

Additional shortlisted photos were:

  • Sharpenhoe Summer by Katherine Bond
  • Ampthill Great Park by Jo-Anna Brooks
  • Cultivated Lines by Whizz Middleton, at Barton Hill Farm, Lilley
  • Joshua Tree by Ian Moffatt, at Dunstable Downs
  • A Modern Scene - East Midlands train by Ben Morley, from Ampthill Great Park
  • Autumn in Ampthill Great Park by Martin Nellist
  • Working on the Edge by Andrew Rayner, at Shefford
  • Broom South Quarry by William Rayner

As spokesperson for CPRE Bedfordshire said: 

"We are delighted with the number of entries in our photo competition. This is CPRE Bedfordshire's 30th anniversary, and over this time, many of our landscapes have inevitably undergone change.
 
"At CPRE, we work to ensure our valued countryside and urban greenspaces, which we all benefit from, are protected and enhanced for future generations.
 
"These photos provide a shapshot of Bedfordshire's countryside today, and tell some stories about how how our landscapes can be seen to be changing - they also showcase some of the variety of landscapes and natural beauty that can be found throughout Bedfordshire."
 
Over the next few weeks we will be featuring many of the photo competition entries on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

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