Happy snappers showcase their skills in village photography competition

Competition winners with judges.
Competition winners with judges.

Happy snappers showcased their skills in the first ever Wolston WI Photography Competition

Scores of pictures were sent in by villagers who took part in the event, sponsored by Bloor Homes.

A wide variety of images were submitted, ranging from pictures of household pets, vintage vehicles, village life and stunning scenery.

The photographs were displayed in an exhibition at Brandon and Wolston Village Hall, where a prize-giving ceremony took place.

Judging was carried out by professional photographers Paul Rogers and Bob Jesson, who shared their expert tips for taking the perfect picture.

In the adult section, John Faries won first prize in both the ‘gates and doorways’ category and the open class, while Jean Morgan came first in the ‘village life’ section.

They were each presented with a cheque for £25, while runners up Sarah Greenway, Barry Pickering and Ruth McCartney each received a bottle of wine, all donated by Wolston WI.

In the class for children aged four to 10, Oliver Boxer, nine, won the open category and Amelia Rainey, seven, took first place in the ‘My Village’ category, while Amy Whitmore won the open class for 11 to 16-year-olds.

All three were awarded with a £25 WH Smith voucher donated by Bloor Homes, whose Priory Manor development is located in the village.

Oliver was also presented with the special prize of an individual masterclass with judge Paul Rogers, and every child who entered received a packet of sweets, donated by the WI.

Sue Cross, president of Wolston WI, said: “We thought a photography competition would be a great way of bringing people of all ages from the village together and we’ve been delighted with the response.

“The quality of the entries was absolutely superb.”