Well, I am constantly telling southerners just how breathtaking Northumberland really is, and now I can simply point them to the entries in this competition as these pictures certainly say more about the northern county's stunning natural beauty than I ever could.
The winners of a popular photography competition launched in a joint initiative between The Sill (a partnership between Northumberland National Park Authority and YHA (England and Wales) and award-winning wildlife photographer and film maker Cain Scrimgeour, have been announced.
Nearly one hundred entries were submitted to the competition with the overall winner announced as Martin Ellis with his entry, Usway Burn. The Gateshead photographer will now be able to pick up tips from Cain with his prize of a one-to-one photography workshop with the competition's founder.
Martin, 52, said: “I am really pleased that my photograph has been picked as the winner out of all the many wonderful images submitted. I do love this part of Northumberland, it never fails to put a smile on my face even when it's raining or blowing a gale, as it so often does.
A range of images were submitted featuring everything from the lush landscapes in Kielder to a roe deer in a frost-covered field, leaving the panel of eight judges with the challenge of picking their top three entries.
The runners up were Philip Whittaker and Anita Nicholson. To view a selection of entries to the competition and the winning images, visit the Sill's website.
In a bid to encourage people to explore the stunning Northumberland countryside all year round, the beauty of the National Park and its surrounding areas were captured in a series of emotive images at the hands of aspiring photographers from across the region. The competition is closely tied to the aims of The Sill, Northumberland’s planned £11.2m National Landscape Discovery Centre, which hopes to become a centre for exploration and discovery for the whole of Northumberland National Park and landscapes beyond.
Established photographer Cain, 23, from Whitley Bay, called on people to venture out into the breath-taking Northumberland scenery, from the stunning Cheviots, North Pennines and Northumberland Coast, to the rugged landscape of Hadrian’s Wall country, to capture pictures that really encapsulate the beauty of the winter months.“The winning photographers have really taken on board the essence of the competition brief and have immersed themselves in the rare beauty that Northumberland has to offer.
Now, photographers are being asked to submit their spring-inspired images for the next phase of the competition, which is open to all ages and experience levels. Photographs are welcomed to capture the essence of Northumberland National Park and other special Northumbrian landscapes in relation to one of three themes; environments (including lakes and rivers, crags, hills, iron age hillforts and traditional buildings etc), flora and fauna (all forms of wildlife from cattle to forests) and activities (including everything from people working on the land, children’s bike rides to rock climbing and astrology).
The best entries will be uploaded to The Sill’s social media profiles so anyone interested in seeing contributions from budding photographers of the North East should search ‘The Sill’ on Facebook and follow the project on Twitter @thesillproject.
For more information about The Sill and the upcoming events, visit www.thesill.org.uk , find The Sill on Facebook or follow The Sill on Twitter @thesillproject