A photography competition inviting people to submit their favourite views of the Yorkshire Dales has attracted 500 entries from local people and visitors alike who share a common affection for this corner of the world.
For the fourth year running Yorkshire Cottages teamed up with Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) to run a Facebook competition which has brought together a wide variety of images that showcase the region’s unique character and landscape.
A striking image of a lone sheep in the snow fought off stiff competition to be crowned the winner. Les Fitton from Bolton said: “I took that photo on a claggy day on Ingleborough. I’m gobsmacked to hear that I’ve won!”
The competition was judged by professional photographer Steve Finch from Settle. Steve said: “With hundreds of fantastic images to choose from, selecting an overall winner was always going to be very difficult! This shot stood out for me because it perfectly captures living and working in the Dales in winter …it’s a good, honest photo.”
Remco Rog from the Netherlands scooped second place with his unusual image of an erratic at Twistleton Scar. On hearing the news Remco said: “I am absolutely delighted. It is especially an honour because I am Dutch, but I’ve been coming to the Dales each year for more than 12 years now. Always new things to discover, new hills to climb. It is my second home!”
Other scenes that caught the eye of the judges include the Scots Guardsman steaming across Dent Head viaduct which was captured on camera by Andrew Thrippleton from Pudsey, a paraglider soaring over Ingleborough by Nigel Hunter from Littleborough in Lancashire, and a photo of Winskill by Kristel Laurijssens from Belgium.
These and other favourite images will be brought together in YDMT’s 2017 charity calendar which will celebrate the Yorkshire Dales throughout the seasons.
Yorkshire Cottages, a local holiday cottage specialist, have supported YDMT for many years and have donated more than £16,000 to the charity.
Drew Dunn, director of Yorkshire Cottages said: “Once again we have been blown away by the quality and variety of the entries, and I’d like to say a huge thank you and congratulations to all the photographers that took part. I’m very much looking forward to seeing Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust’s finished calendar.”
The finished Yorkshire Dales calendar will be on sale from August at www.ydmt.org/shop. All money raised will help to support YDMT’s work caring for the landscape, environment, communities and economy of the Yorkshire Dales.