A stunning image of Thornham Quay on the Norfolk Coast Path has been chosen as the winning picture in the Norfolk Trails’ Treasure photo competition.
The competition, which launched at the start of the summer holidays, invited photographers to enter pictures which encapsulated what they treasure when out exploring the abundance of short and circular walks around the 12 Norfolk Trails.
Six images were chosen as finalists by the judges last week, and the public were invited to pick their favourite. Nearly 500 votes were cast online and this picturesque view of the tidal marshes at Thornham Quay, captured by Gary Pearson from Dersingham, near King’s Lynn, came in first place.
Although the public vote meant the judging panel, made up of Brian Hannah, Chairman of Norfolk County Council, Nigel Pickover, Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News Editor and David Yates, Norfolk County Council’s Senior Trails Officer, were spared the tough decision of picking the final overall winner – they did still have the job of announcing the under 13 winner.
Ten-year-old Kitty King, who lives in Thorpe St Andrew, was revealed as the junior winner of the competition, having impressed the judges with her beautiful photo of the scenic view across the River Glaven at Cley on the Norfolk Coast Path.
Brian Hannah said: “Congratulations to our winners. There were so many great entries in the competition, which proves there really is much to treasure and to take in when out walking or cycling along the Norfolk Trails. We hope the fantastic gallery of pictures from the competition will help entice even more people to explore these routes and to see the stunning attractions along the way.”
47-year-old Gary, who runs his own cleaning company, also scooped second place in the competition. He submitted the maximum five entries to the competition, with help from his wife Debbie to narrow down his own selection. Two of his photos were then chosen for the final as all the entries were presented to the judges anonymously. His image of the sun setting over Burnham Overy Staithe came second in the public vote.
Gary said: “I’ve been a keen photographer since I was about six years old, in fact it has become a bit of an obsession! Living along the beautiful north Norfolk coast I find something catches my eye every day. I spend most of my spare time taking pictures, I even take my camera out with me when I’m out kayaking and when I’m not taking pictures, I’m busy editing them. I have sold a few pictures as a hobby, but I’m still very much a keen amateur. This is only the second photo competition I’ve ever entered. The last one was a couple of years ago and I came second, so I’m delighted and that this time I’ve gone on to win.”
Kitty is also proving to have an artistic eye at a young age, having captured the photography bug from her mum Jenny King.
Jenny said: “It was my husband Mark who spotted the competition and suggested we enter one of Kitty’s pictures, as she’d taken so many lovely ones while on a trip to Holt. She is absolutely chuffed to bits to have won. I love taking pictures and I think she has inherited the hobby from me. I hope this inspires her to keep taking many more.”
Another popular entry in the public vote, and taking third place, was a photo taken at sunset from Weavers’ Way. This photo, looking out over the river to the distinctive white-painted Thurne Dyke Mill, was captured by Gail Sparks from Great Yarmouth.
Gary, Gail and Kitty will now see their images go on display, alongside a selection of the judge’s favourites, at a rolling digital gallery to be held at The Forum in Norwich between 2 and 7 November.
The winners will be invited to come and see their images on public display and to collect their prizes, including £100 to spend at Cotswolds Outdoor and the winning photo made into a canvas print.
All entries have been added to the official Norfolk Trails Treasure Flickr Group for everyone to enjoy and the top six are featured at www.norfolktrails.co.uk.