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Photographic competition 2015

We are delighted to announce the outcome of the photographic competition held to mark the society’s 150th anniversary. We were thrilled and overwhelmed by the nearly 2000 entries which were of a high standard and presented a daunting task for our independent judging panel. The judges allocated prizes based on criteria such as photographic excellence (composition, lighting, focus), overall impact (originality, interest, insight), emotion and relevance.

After long and careful deliberation, the panel awarded prizes to the following:

Overall winner and also winner of the Commons category

Ceri Jones for New Forest Dawn – New Forest moorlands near Burley

New Forest Dawn - New Forest moorlands near Burley Photo: Ceri Jones

New Forest Dawn – New Forest moorlands near Burley Photo: Ceri Jones

Winner in the Paths category

Vit Javorik for Bridleway in Brecon Beacons, South Wales

Bridleway in North Downs  Photo:  Vit Javorik

Bridleway in Brecon Beacons, South Wales Photo: Vit Javorik

Winner in the Open category

Peter Murrell for A winter walk

A winter walk Photo: Peter Murrell

A winter walk Photo: Peter Murrell

Winner in the Greens category

Clive Ormonde for Sunday afternoon village cricket at Greys Green, Oxfordshire

Sunday afternoon village cricket at Greys Green, Oxfordshire  Photo:  Clive Ormonde

Sunday afternoon village cricket at Greys Green, Oxfordshire Photo: Clive Ormonde

Winner in the Historic category

Bill Riley for Roman milestone on the Stanegate at Chesterholme 1915

Roman milestone on the Stanegate at Chesterholme 1915  Photo: Bill Riley

Roman milestone on the Stanegate at Chesterholme 1915 Photo: Bill Riley

Winner in the Enjoyment category

Clair Robins for The beautiful Beeston Regis beach, Norfolk in September 2015

The beautiful Beeston Regis beach, Norfolk  Photo:  Clair Robin

The beautiful Beeston Regis beach, Norfolk Photo: Clair Robins

Winner in the Landscape category

David Shandley for Frosty Higger Tor, Peak District

Frosty Higger Tor, Peak District  Photo:  Dave Shandley

Frosty Higger Tor, Peak District Photo: Dave Shandley

The following entries were highly commended:

Lee Acaster for View over Little Langdale in the Lake District in the Landscape category
Leigh Cousins for View from Richmond Hill in the Historic category
Kate Giryes for Unlimited open space in the Open category
Amanda Gott for Freedom to roam in the Enjoyment category
Sarah McNulty for A place called freedom in the Paths category
Steven Sandner for Waterfall Wales – shadow in the Open category

A further 50 entries were commended by the judging panel.

We shall be publishing more of the winning photographs in the new year. In the meantime we send very many congratulations to all our winners and thank everyone who entered for contributing to such a memorable celebration of the society’s 150th anniversary.