2012 Cheshire Life photography competition - the winners revealed
PUBLISHED: 16:38 01 November 2012 | UPDATED: 22:17 20 February 2013
Our judges have selected the winners of the Cheshire Life photography competition in association with Wilkinson Camera
These are the stunning photographs which have taken the prizes in our competition. Our panel of judges faced a tough task in choosing the best shots from the hundreds of entries and after much deliberation agreed on a top three.
The judges first selected a long list of 50 which was gradually narrowed down to a shortlist of 20 from which our three prize winners and the 12 shots for our 2013 calendar were chosen.
The top prize of a Nikon D5100 and AF-S 18-55 VR worth 630, went to Ron Sutton from Chester for his shot of the River Dee at dawn.
Ron took third prize in last years competition and Cheshire Lifes picture editor John Cocks said: Early morning is a great time to take brilliant pictures, as Ron has proved. This competition gets harder every year, so to finish in the top three two years running is a real achievement.
It was difficult even to select the shortlist, but to get that down to a top three was a very tough task. Rons shot was a worthy winner though. It is brilliantly framed and makes wonderful use of the early morning light and conditions.
Luke Simpson from Wrexham won the 400 Nikon Coolpix P7100 second prize for his picture of Farndon Bridge and the judges selected Karen Jones of Llandudno to win the third prize Nikon Coolpix AW100 worth 250 for her shot of Llandudno Pier, and the sunset lighting up the Little Orme
Staff at competition sponsors Wilkinson Cameras, which has shops across the North West, were involved in the judging and managing director David Parkinson said: As most of our staff are keen photographers we thought it would be good to have input from all the stores and they each voted for their favourite images. Although tastes varied, the overall comments were that it was a great set of images that reflected the beautiful part of the country we live in. Who could ask for a better subject matter for photographers across the region than our very own environment?
Cheshire Life deputy editor Paul Mackenzie added: The response to our annual photographic competition is always breathtaking and this year was no exception. We say every year that the standard of the entries seems to be higher than ever and that was the case yet again.
These winning shots and all the photographs that made it onto the long list show not only what a beautiful part of the country we live in, but also how talented and creative our readers can be. Im already looking forward to next years competition.
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