2023 Photography Competition – Winners & Highly Commended

We had a fantastic response with entries from across the UK, thank you to all the photographers who entered, the standard was exceptionally high.

We are most grateful to our 3 judges who did a brilliant job.  A huge thank you to Peter Martin who has sponsored the competition & prizes, without whom the competition would not be possible.

The following prize winners and those highly commended will be on display for those attending events in the Lifford Hall in Broadway throughout the festival in June (9-18th).

Introducing our 2023 Prizewinners

Best Photo Essay £500

 Kerry Hammond (Angus) ‘Daffodil’

These warm welcoming souls pick daffodils. There are many ways in which one can feel free, this has little to do with money. I’ve seen great wealth cause devastation within a family. None of them were free. Working in an outdoor space, for stronger bodies and healthier minds. We are born to move.

Best Landscape  £250

Don Hooper (Bristol) ‘Stepping Out’

Best Portrait  £250

David Brown (Oxfordshire) ‘Solace’

Highly Commended – Photo Essay

 Kate Barry (Badsey) ‘Abandoned’

A series of photos that show the demise of the slate quarry in Dinorwic, North Wales. Once one of the largest slate quarries in the world its closure in 1969 changed the community’s way of life forever. Many of the workers lived in barracks and homes on the quarry and 350 men lost their livelihoods due to the closure. It is now owned by the National Slate Museum of Wales and occupied by wandering goats.

Highly Commended – Photo Essay

 Richard Plummer (Oxfordshire) ‘Arctic Skies’

The beauty and loneliness of the Arctic in August 2022 speaks for itself in these images. Daily variations in weather conditions, timing render different moods.

Landscape: Highly Commended

Terence Richardson (Willersey) 'Icy Silhouette'

Landscape: Highly Commended

Kate Barry (Badsey) ' Kilchurn Castle'

Portrait: Highly Commended

Kerry Hammond (Angus) 'Coat Stand'

Portrait: Highly Commended

Stefania Distante (Cheltenham) 'This is how I see the world'