Photography competition winner snap happy!

Keith Saint
Keith Saint

The winner of a photo competition, to capture the beauty and unique features of gardens which opened specially for charity during the summer, has been revealed.

Keith Saint, from Ashington, dazzled with his eye-catching piece Wet Weekend, which was taken at Lilburn during HospiceCare North Northumberland’s open garden season.

Rosalee Cook Jury

Rosalee Cook Jury

The competition attracted a tremendous response and the high-quality entries were judged by professional landscape photographer, Darryn Wade, from Amble.

On top of this, the HospiceCare fund-raising team chose an entry to go on the front cover of its promotional material for the 2015 Open Garden season.

A close-up photograph of roses taken by Rosalee Cook Jury, of Alnwick, was chosen from lots of fantastic entries.

The pictures have formed a month-long exhibition, entitled Essence of the Gardens, at Alnwick’s Bailiffgate Museum. The display runs until Sunday. Emma Arthur, who is part of the hospice’s fund-raising team, said: “During the summer local photography groups were invited to visit up to five open gardens and enter a competition to illustrate the beauty and unique features of the gardens.

Wet Weekend, by Keith Saint.

Wet Weekend, by Keith Saint.

“There was a tremendous response with some wonderful entries and it has been great to see so many fabulous photos. I attended all of our open gardens and it was nice to see such a variety. Some of the photos taken were of parts of the gardens I hadn’t noticed before.

“Well done and thank-you to everyone who came along. This year’s open gardens season raised a total of more than £14,000.” HospiceCare has thanked the museum for hosting the exhibition, as well as Jessops, at the Metrocentre and George Skipper Photography, in Alnwick, for donating prizes, Darryn Wade for judging the competition, the open garden hosts and Amble photography group for the loan of frames.