Dunster Photography Competition Winners Announced

08 Jul 2019


The Dunster Tourism Forum (DTF) is delighted to announce the winners of its first photography competition. The judging panel was impressed by the high standard and sheer variety of the entries on the theme of ‘The Most Beautiful Photo of Dunster’. Over 300 people entered the competition which opened in January, and the judges and DTF want to thank everyone for their time, dedication and creativity. Following an intense period of judging, the winners are:
 
Main prizes
First: Geoff Baylis for his atmospheric black and white image of the lychgate at St George’s Church
Second: Tim Wetherell for his awe-inspiring starry skies over St George’s Church
Third: Lee Webber for his moody photograph of the Dunster Tithe Barn in the mist
 
The judges agreed to add an unplanned category of Highly Commended to recognise three particularly special photographs:  
 
Highly Commended
Geoff Baylis’ timeless black and white picture of Dunster Castle set in surrounding countryside
Sindy Randall’s beautiful frost glistening in the early morning winter sun on Dunster Beach
Roger Shattock’s light-fantastic night shot of the Yarn Market and the Luttrell Arms
 
People’s Choice Award
Gary Reed’s stunning golden sunrise at Dunster Beach was chosen by a public vote on Facebook as the winner of the hotly contended People’s Choice Award.
 
The winning entries can be seen at a free exhibition which starts at The Stables, Dunster Castle at 10am on Saturday 6th July and runs until 5pm on Wednesday 24th July. It then moves to the Priory Church of St George from Tuesday 20th August until Tuesday 17th September. Further venues are to be announced.
 
The winners will receive their prizes tonight at the exhibition’s VIP launch party in The Stables at Dunster Castle. Will Raynor of Courtyard Framing will present the winners with their prizes.  which have been kindly donated by our sponsors. We’d like to thank them all again: Courtyard Framing, Dunster Castle, Dunster Living interior Shop, Dunster Tithe Barn, Hullabaloos Lemonade,
Luttrell Arms Hotel, Nina Dodd Photography, RAFT boutique, Reeves restaurant & Wicked Wolf Gin.
 
Special thanks to our judges: Local artist Leo Davey, Designer Jack McCausland, Photographer Nina Dodd and PR & Marketing Consultant Lucy Green.
 
Will Raynor of our sponsor Courtyard Framing said: “We’ve been delighted to support the competition by providing the prints of the images for the exhibition. Like everyone, we’ve been genuinely impressed by the extremely high standard of the entries.”
 
Andy Rice, Chairman of the Dunster Tourism Forum (DTF) adds: “I’d like to thank everyone who has worked so hard to make Dunster’s first Photography Competition such a success - the photographers, the judges, and the DTF team. For the entrants, the judges have loved seeing your images. We want to encourage you to continue taking photographs and to take part again in 2020. We really hope to see you next year!”
 
 
Dunster Photography Competition Winners Announced
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