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Lancashire and Lake District Life Reader Photos Competition 2011 - The winners revealed

PUBLISHED: 15:57 29 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:22 20 February 2013

Castlerigg stone circle, Rachel Dunsdon

Castlerigg stone circle, Rachel Dunsdon

We reveal the winners of our superb photographic competition

These are the photographs which have taken the prizes in our super competition. Our panel of judges faced a tough task in choosing the best shots from almost 2,000 entries and after much deliberation agreed on a top five.


The judges first selected a long list of 50 which was gradually narrowed down to a short list of 25 from which our three prize winners, two highly commended entries and the 12 shots for our 2012 calendar were chosen.

Rachel Dunsdon won first prize for her picture of Castlerigg stone circle at sunset which the judges praised for its composition and interesting light.

Lancashire Lifes picture editor John Cocks said: Castlerigg stone circle has been photographed thousands of

times so it was good to see an image of it which made us all stop.

Its an image which draws you in. It is a very accomplished piece of work which is worthy of winning the competition.

Rachel, 54, has won a new Canon EOS 600D and EF-S 18-55 IS lens worth 750, provided by competition sponsors Wilkinsons Cameras. She said: Im delighted. It was absolutely freezing when I went up there at sunset almost too cold to hold the camera but the scenery was so beautiful and this makes braving the cold worthwhile.

Rachel, a retired research chemist who lives in Welwyn Garden City and is a member of a local photographic society, took the shot while she was on holiday in the Lake District. And shell have a chance to take a shot for next years competition when she comes to stay in Lancaster next month before heading off to Patagonia and Argentina.

I never go anywhere without the camera. Weve recently come back from America where I photographed some of the national parks, added Rachel, who is originally from Largs on the west coast of Scotland.

Our second prize has gone to Rob McEwen of Morecambe, for this shot of the Langdale Valley has won a Canon Powershot S95 worth 300. David Parkinson, of Wilksinsons Cameras said: The dog gives some interest in the foreground and leads the eye into the valley. The light is nice and the image has been expertly framed.

Third prize went to Andy Lea of Scorton whose image of the sun setting over a field in Nateby was also selected to appear on the cover of our 2012 calendar. He won a new Canon Powershot SX220 HS worth 250 and Lancashire Life editor Roger Borrell said: Its an interesting, eye-catching picture taken from a quirky angle and with lovely light. Of the hundreds of photographs readers sent us since the competition was launched, this was one of the few which all the judges highlighted.

Yet again, the standard of photographs sent to us has been incredible. We know we live and work in a most beautiful place and our readers obviously share our passion for the county their love of Lancashire and the Lake District is evident in the pictures they have submitted.

Julie Golding and Gary Morley

were both highly commended for their shots of Coniston Water and cows at Pendle.


These are the photographs which have taken the prizes in our super competition. Our panel of judges faced a tough task in choosing the best shots from almost 2,000 entries and after much deliberation agreed on a top five.

The judges first selected a long list of 50 which was gradually narrowed down to a short list of 25 from which our three prize winners, two highly commended entries and the 12 shots for our 2012 calendar were chosen.

Rachel Dunsdon won first prize for her picture of Castlerigg stone circle at sunset which the judges praised for its composition and interesting light.Lancashire Lifes picture editor John Cocks said: Castlerigg stone circle has been photographed thousands oftimes so it was good to see an image of it which made us all stop.

Its an image which draws you in. It is a very accomplished piece of work which is worthy of winning the competition.Rachel, 54, has won a new Canon EOS 600D and EF-S 18-55 IS lens worth 750, provided by competition sponsors Wilkinsons Cameras.

She said: Im delighted. It was absolutely freezing when I went up there at sunset almost too cold to hold the camera but the scenery was so beautiful and this makes braving the cold worthwhile.

Rachel, a retired research chemist who lives in Welwyn Garden City and is a member of a local photographic society, took the shot while she was on holiday in the Lake District. And shell have a chance to take a shot for next years competition when she comes to stay in Lancaster next month before heading off to Patagonia and Argentina

.I never go anywhere without the camera. Weve recently come back from America where I photographed some of the national parks, added Rachel, who is originally from Largs on the west coast of Scotland.

Our second prize has gone to Rob McEwen of Morecambe, for this shot of the Langdale Valley has won a Canon Powershot S95 worth 300. David Parkinson, of Wilksinsons Cameras said: The dog gives some interest in the foreground and leads the eye into the valley. The light is nice and the image has been expertly framed.

Third prize went to Andy Lea of Scorton whose image of the sun setting over a field in Nateby was also selected to appear on the cover of our 2012 calendar. He won a new Canon Powershot SX220 HS worth 250 and Lancashire Life editor Roger Borrell said: Its an interesting, eye-catching picture taken from a quirky angle and with lovely light. Of the hundreds of photographs readers sent us since the competition was launched, this was one of the few which all the judges highlighted.

Yet again, the standard of photographs sent to us has been incredible. We know we live and work in a most beautiful place and our readers obviously share our passion for the county their love of Lancashire and the Lake District is evident in the pictures they have submitted.


Wilkinson Cameras

Wilkinson Cameras, established in Lancashire in 1986, have opened a new store in Warrington.

They now have nine stores offering a huge choice of photographic and optical equipment to suit all levels supported by interested and enthusiastic staff who are always happy to help.

Wilkinson Camera stores are at: Preston, 27 Friargate Walk, St Georges Centre 01772 556250; Burnley, 95 St Jamess Street 01282 424524, Bury, 61 The Rock, 0161 764 3402; Blackburn, 42 Northgate, 01254 581272; Kendal, Unit 19a, the Westmorland Centre, Stricklandgate, 01539 735055; Carlisle, 13 Grapes Lane, The Lanes Centre, 01228 538583; Lancaster, 6 James Street, 01524 380510; Southport, 38 Eastbank Street, 01704 534534; Warrington, 10 The Mall, Golden Square Shopping Centre, 01925 638290.

There is also a direct sales team on 01772 252188 and a website www.wilkinson.co.uk.


Dont forget you can still upload your photos from around the county. Go to lancashire.greatbritishlife.co.uk and click on the Send us your photos link on the left of the page.

You will be asked to register, which is free and also allows you to comment on articles and photographs on the site, to enter competitions and to take advantage of special offers.

Once youve signed up youll be able to add your photos to the hundreds already online.


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