South Devon AONB patron Jonathan Dimbleby has presented the prizes for the 2013 photo competition. The presentations were made at The Harbour House Gallery in Kingsbridge where all of the finalists were hung as part of an exhibition.
The overall winner was ‘Making Waves’ a picture of three kite surfers taken at Bantham by Steve Drinkwater from Harrogate. He also won the ‘Active in the AONB’ section. The winner of the ‘Wild in the the AONB’ section was Ian Morris from Diptford with his pictue entitled ‘River of Light’ a black and white image taken of the River Avon near Diptford. The winner of the ‘Living and Working in the AONB’ section was Phil Hemsley with his picture entitled ‘Division’ of Hope Cove. The under 18 winner was Paige Middleton from Kingsbridge with her image entitled ‘Winter’s evening Bantham Beach’
The finalists were selected by a panel of three judges and the winners were voted for by an on’line public vote.
The overall prize sponsored by Coast and Country Cottages was a short break at a luxury break in Thurlestone. Winner Steve Drinkwater said “I am thrilled and amazed that my photograph has won a prize. There were some absolutely stunning photographs portraying the many and varied aspects which help to make South Devon such a beautiful place to have a holiday. My wife and I had a wonderful time in June, enjoying the fresh air, the magnificent scenery, and the warm and friendly local hospitality. We are already looking forward to visiting again next year. “
Communications Officer Diane Lethbridge said “Congratulations to all of our winners. We are most grateful to our generous sponsors Coast and Country Cottages, Mifsuds Photographic, Mole Valley Farmers, Singing Paddles and Triocean Surf. The exhibition of photos will be taken to the shows we attend next year and is a fantastic collection of images reflecting what inspires the photographer about this protected landscape."
All of the images can be viewed on-line at www.sdaonb-comp.org.uk