Wanstead annual photography competition winners unveiled
PUBLISHED: 13:01 06 April 2016 | UPDATED: 17:18 06 April 2016
The winners of a long-established photo competition, in honour of a much-loved member, were unveiled last week.
Now in its 21st year, the Reg Fowkes Photo Competition was organised by the Woodford and Wanstead Photographic Society (WWPS) based at Wanstead House, The Green, Wanstead.
Photos were submitted under six categories Landscapes & Seascapes, People - Portraits - Street Photography, Nature and Wildlife, People’s Choice, Junior and Best Newcomer.
Gallery owner, Geoff Wilkinson, 69, of Nightingale Lane, Wanstead had the arduous task of choosing the winners at the finale in St Mary’s Church, High Road, South Woodford.
“It was difficult. There were a lot of images and some of the photographs were extremely good,” said Geoff.
“I was looking for originality and am always looking for a picture that would make you stop if it was on the wall somewhere.
“It would make you do a double take.”
Geoff chose David Nathan of Warley Road, Woodford Green as the overall winner for the Reg Fowkes Memorial Shield with and his dramatic black and white image titled “Furrows”.
Eight-year-old Luke Wright of Redbridge Lane West, Wanstead, led the way in the Junior category with his image of the Red Arrows flypast.
The image was taken at last year’s Battle of Britain Air Show in Duxford, South Cambridgeshire.
His father, Kevin Wright, 45, also a keen photographer said the win was “fantastic”.
“I’m into photography myself and knew it was a good picture,” said Kevin.
“Luke used my old camera to take the picture, a Canon 400.”
He added: “Luke was really chuffed and surprised.”
Mr Fowkes died in 1994 and the following year his daughter Pat Smith of Parkway, Woodford Green, started the competition where members of the public could enter their favourite photographs.
“My father would have been very happy,” she said.
“All he wanted was to encourage people to have a go at photography and over these past 20 years this competition has done precisely that.
Visit woodfordandwansteadphotosoc.co.uk for details on upcoming competitions.
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