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News: 11 December 2017


Images of England Defining Image Competition
A competition was recently held among the volunteer photographers, with the winning photograph being the one that reflected the goal of the project to achieve a single defining image of each of the 370,000 listed structures. From the thousands of images that qualified for the competition Mark Sunderland's shot of the East Pier Lighthouse in Whitby was named as the winner.

Sky Photographic UK (Ltd.) sponsored and judged the competition. Managing Director Mike Sherry was impressed with Mark's composition and use of light and shadow; he described it as "An engaging perspective". Runner up Krystyna Szulecka from Leeds, also impressed the judges with her image of a boundary stone in Long Preston describing it as "technically spot-on."

Winning Image -  Mark Sunderland, East Pier Lighthouse, Whitby IoE Number 437029 Second place image -  Krystyna Szulecka, Boundary Stone, Long Preston North Yorkshire IoE Number 323845
Winning Image - Mark Sunderland, East Pier Lighthouse, Whitby IoE Number 437029 Second place image - Krystyna Szulecka, Boundary Stone, Long Preston North Yorkshire IoE Number 323845

Mark Sunderland is from Knaresborough in North Yorkshire. He has been a volunteer photographer for Images of England for almost two years. Living in Bath when he initially joined, he photographed nearly 100 buildings before moving to Yorkshire in the summer 2005. Mark has continued with the project and took the wining shot whilst on a Group Photography Day. Mark was delighted with how the photograph turned out, "My winning image was taken at the end of an enjoyable Photography Day with a group of Images of England volunteer photographers. I saved the lighthouse until last, hoping to capture it in some decent late afternoon light, and was rewarded with perfect soft sunshine which adds a little mood to the image whilst still retaining all the architectural detail required to record the subject for the Images of England project. Rather than a closer vertical shot of the building itself, I thought it better to set it in its environment. I spotted the boat approaching on the horizon, so waited for it to just enter the harbour to add to the image."

Mark won a 'state of the art' Nikon digital camera, Photoshop training and Sky Photographic Vouchers all kindly donated to us by Sky Photographic UK (Ltd.).

Third place images

Bob Cottrell, Blackcleugh Farmhouse, Barhaugh, Northumberland IoE Number 240258 Bob Cottrell, Moor Houses Farmhouse & attached buildings, Allendale, Northumberland IoE Number 240180
Bob Cottrell, Blackcleugh Farmhouse, Barhaugh, Northumberland IoE Number 240258 Bob Cottrell, Moor Houses Farmhouse & attached buildings, Allendale, Northumberland IoE Number 240180


Russell Sparkes, Elsing Hall, Elsing, Norfolk IoE Number 220725 Anthony Leggett Outbuilding at Baliffscourt, Climping, West Sussex IoE Number 297836
Russell Sparkes, Elsing Hall, Elsing, Norfolk IoE Number 220725 Anthony Leggett Outbuilding at Baliffscourt, Climping, West Sussex IoE Number 297836


Margaret Micklewright, Garden Pavilion, Belmont Park, Kent IoE Number 176565 Derrick Chiverrell, Church of St Thomas A Becket, Fairfield, Kent IoE Number 406840
Margaret Micklewright, Garden Pavilion, Belmont Park, Kent IoE Number 176565 Derrick Chiverrell, Church of St Thomas A Becket, Fairfield, Kent IoE Number 406840

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