Tree-mendous snap chosen as winner of this year's parks photographic competition

16 December 2016

The winner of this year’s record-breaking Bracknell Forest parks and countryside photography competition has been chosen.

The theme of this year's competition was our borough’s wonderful trees, a theme which certainly captured the imagination of amateur photographers with just over 200 entries submitted, the most the competition has ever received.

The winner of the competition is Stuart Shafran for his eye-catching photo ‘Avenue at Ringmead in infrared’.

Stuart, from Crowthorne, said: “I am very pleased to have won this photography competition, especially in light of all the other high quality entries that were submitted. It was an inspiring theme and a great pleasure to support one of the borough’s parks and countryside events.

“This image was taken in the park area off Ringmead in Hanworth. The trees on either side reminded me of some of the tree lined walkways in Paris and also the famous painting of the avenue at Middelharnis in London's National Gallery by Meindert Hobbema. Removing the internal filter that blocks infrared light from entering the camera has the effect of darkening skies, highlighting clouds and turning green foliage white.”

Second place went to James Critchlow for his atmospheric ‘Pavilion Night’ while third went to Ian Harvey-Brown for his image ‘Sunlight Through Trees’.

The three winning photographers will receive a selection of tickets to Bracknell Leisure Centre and The Look Out Discovery Centre. The winning images, along with 15 runners up, will feature in an exhibition at South Hill Park next year.

The judging panel included Cllr Iain McCracken, executive member for culture, corporate services and public protection; Cllr Mrs Jennifer McCracken; Cat Cooke, exhibitions co-ordinator at South Hill Park; Jeff Lawrence, from the Bracknell Camera Club; and Graham Pockett, parks and countryside development officer.

Cllr Iain McCracken said: “A huge congratulations to Stuart, James and Ian and a huge thanks to all those who took part in the competition this year. There was a fantastic selection of photos and it is always a pleasure to judge this competition as it provides a reminder of the beautiful countryside and open spaces we have in the borough to explore and enjoy.”

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