Ten finalists have been selected from over 170 images entered in the ‘Cotswolds Landscape Photographer of the Year’ competition, marking the 50th anniversary of the Cotswolds as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
On Monday, Nick Holliday, Vice Chairman of the Cotswolds Conservation Board joined the judging panel to select the final ten images for the public vote on social media (http://woobox.com/vmeemd). Joining Nick on the judging panel were: Andrew Grahame (CEO – Farncombe Estate, Dormy House Hotel & Spa, Foxhill Manor, The Fish Hotel); Sarah Howard (landscape photographer); Nick Turner (photographer/filmmaker) and Nicky Price from BBC Radio Gloucestershire.
The 10 finalists are:
Broadway Tower by Andrew Caley from Bourton on the Water
Naunton by Andy Prior from Witney
Crickley Hill by Leigh Cousins from London
Painswick Beacon by Christopher Hargraves from Gloucester
Arlington Row by Mike Smith from Cirencester
Sherbourne Park, Sherbourne by Anthony Paul Inwood from Bourton on the Water
Near Northleach by Sam Daniels from Stow-on-the-Wold
Cotswold Edge, Broadway Tower by Martin Fry from Churchdown, nr Gloucester
Hazelton, nr Northleach by Steve Dore from Northleach
The Rollright Stones by James Harwood from Chipping Norton
To see the photos and to vote for your favourite Cotswolds landscape photograph visit http://woobox.com/vmeemd Voting closes on 09/01/2017 at 12noon.
Over 170 photographs from Brailes to Bath and from Stonesfield to Stonehouse were entered this year, from residents in and around the Cotswolds and from further afield such as the USA, Italy, London and Birmingham.
Nick Holliday, Vice Chairman of the Cotswolds Conservation Board said: “We are extremely pleased with the high quality of entries for this year’s photographic competition. I would like to thank everyone who entered. These final ten images show just how special the Cotswolds landscape is and helps us to remember why it’s important that this very landscape is protected as an AONB as we mark the 50th anniversary of the designation”
As sponsor of the competition, award-winning boutique hotel Dormy House on the Farncombe Estate is offering a first prize of an overnight stay for two, to include dinner in the potting shed, use of Dormy House spa and full English breakfast.
Winner of the second prize will enjoy an overnight bed & breakfast stay for two in a Cosy Luxe room at The Fish Hotel, the back-to-nature bolthole also on the Farncombe Estate.
Winner of the third prize receives a place on a one-day Image Seen Cotswolds landscape photography group workshop with Cotswolds-based landscape photographer Sarah Howard. Or, if they choose, the winner gets a voucher to the value of £140 to use on another group workshop taking place around the country.
All 10 photographs will be exhibited alongside other mediums of art at the ‘Cotswolds Inspired Art Exhibition’ at the Corinium Museum in Cirencester from 13 January to 5 February 2017.