Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Capturing the Beauty of Our Lovely Landscapes

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Capturing the Beauty of Our Lovely Landscapes

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Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor

ASTRIKING image of a wild waterway is the first winner of a photography competition which aims to encourage people to explore the Northumbrian landscape.

The competition is a joint initiative between The Sill partnership of Northumberland National Park Authority and YHA (England and Wales) and award-winning wildlife photographer and film maker Cain Scrimgeour, from Whitley Bay.

The contest is closely tied to the aims of The Sill, the planned PS11.2m National Landscape Discovery Centre at Hadian's Wall, which aims to become a centre for exploration and discovery for Northumberland National Park and landscapes beyond.

Almost 100 entries were submitted with the overall winner being Martin Ellis, from Gateshead, with his image of Usway Burn in Upper Coquetdale.

Cain said: "This competition has provided people with the opportunity to explore what Northumberland National Park has to offer, an experience that will be greatly heightened with the addition of The Sill which aims to open up the landscape to people.

"It was inspiring to see the entries spanning across Northumberland, from dawn to dusk and into the night, in all weathers, capturing the beauty of our stunning county. I am proud to be involved in a project like this and I have been overwhelmed at the quality of images submitted which are to a very high standard.

"The winning photographers have really taken on board the essence of the competition brief and have immersed themselves in the rare beauty that Northumberland has to offer.

"It was so difficult to select the winners as each and every one of the entries was worthy of credit and all those who entered should be very proud of the stunning images they have produced."

Martin, 52, said: "I am really pleased that my photograph has been picked as the winner out of all the many wonderful images submitted. …

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