'Sumptuous image full of texture, depth and drama' wins Glendale photography competition

A stunning view of Harthope Valley in rural Northumberland has won a photography competition.

Sunday, 7th February 2021, 7:00 am

Charlotte Young’s picture topped the poll of nearly 1,000 votes in the contest organised by Ad Gefrin, the proposed Wooler distillery and visitor centre.

Ad Gefrin’s Eileen Ferguson said: “The public has spoken, and we are thrilled with the winning image. It was clearly a very tough choice, as both undoubtedly captured the very essence of Glendale. We would like to congratulate Charlotte on her well-deserved win.

“This year we have found the photo competition particularly uplifting – in these challenging times it’s even more meaningful to share a connection with local people through the stories they tell through their camera lens. We have been encouraged by the level of participation and hope next year to reach even more talented photographers in the local community.”

View of Harthope Valley by Charlotte Young, winner of the 2020 Ad Gefrin photography competition.

The overall runner up was Victoria Telford with her portrait of Robert Telford on East Hill.

Among those highly commended were Richard Henthorn, Carolyn Mackay, Colin Balmbro, Darren Chapmen, David Richens and Jacqueline Kurio.

Photographer Sally Ann Norman, guest judge, said: “The standard of imagery this year really was outstanding and the entry bag brimmed with countless beautiful and uplifting images we all thoroughly enjoyed looking through. Thank you to all those who entered, you certainly made our job very difficult!

“Choosing one winner from each category was very difficult and involved a lot of discussion between the judges. We were looking for the beautiful essence of Glendale and both category winning images fit that criteria very well.”

On Charlotte’s winning picture, she added: “I want to step into this sumptuous image, it’s so full of texture and depth and drama. We were looking for ‘beautiful Glendale’ and this image, with its colour, depth, texture and viewpoint take it to a level beyond the average sunset shot.

“There’s so much to look at - the detail in the heather, the network of fields, the distant hills and gentle rolling horizon with a typically glorious Northumbrian sunset and cloud formations. Add all that together and the result is a beautiful image of Glendale.”

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