Winners of photo competition revealed!

Published: Wed 19th October, 2022

  • Winners and runners-up with Cllr Jenny Bokor, lead member for open spaces in Charnwood and Ioni Ashford from Love Loughborough BID

Fantastic photographers have been recognised for their brilliant photos of the outdoors in Charnwood!

Charnwood Borough Council launched the ‘Love the outdoors in Charnwood’ photo competition in the summer and asked people to submit their snaps of the borough’s beautiful country parks, nature reserves and ancient woodlands.

Over 100 entries were received across the three categories of Young Photographer, Wonderful Wildlife and the Open Category.

The Council’s lead member for open spaces in Charnwood, Cllr Jenny Bokor was part of the judging panel and had the tough task of helping to choose the winning pictures. She said: “It was brilliant to receive so many entries. There was a fantastic variety and the judges really enjoyed looking through them.

“It was very difficult choosing the winning entries and we have some very talented amateur photographers!

“Well done to all of our winners and thank you to everyone who entered.

“Our Love the outdoors in Charnwood campaign is all about celebrating our open spaces, encouraging people to visit them, particularly our hidden gems and getting some fresh air is great for your health and wellbeing.”

The competition was supported by Love Loughborough BID which provided shopping vouchers as prizes. Runners-up received a £25 voucher, and the overall category winner was awarded a £50 voucher.

Lisa Brown, manager at Love Loughborough BID, said: “We’ve really enjoyed supporting the competition and helping to select the winning photos. The vouchers can be spent in a number of fantastic retailers across the town, and we hope everyone enjoys spending them!”

Ollie Boby, aged 10 from Barrow upon Soar was selected as the winner of the Young Photographer category for his photo of model boats on Charnwood Water. 

He said: “I was really surprised when my mum told me I had won! I noticed how the boats were reflecting in the water and took the photo. I’m looking forward to taking more photos when visiting next time.”

From close ups of butterflies at Stonebow Washland to deer at Bradgate Park, a wide range of photos were entered into the Wonderful Wildlife category.

However, it was a photo of a blue tit at Richardson’s Meadow which caught the judges’ eyes and was chosen as the winner.

Iris Sayer, from Newtown Linford who took the photo, said: “I was thrilled to find out I had won! I took the photo this summer. We are incredibly lucky to have outdoor spaces like the meadow and Bradgate Park on our doorstep.”

Entries to the Open Category showcased stunning landscapes and open spaces across the borough. The winning photo was an early morning shot of Nanpantan Reservoir, taken by Liz Dowding from Loughborough.

Liz said: “I walk near the reservoir most days but there was just something about the colour of the sky and the way the clouds formed this particular morning which made me capture the photo.

“I was delighted to find out I had won and I’m looking forward to spending the voucher. Congratulations to everyone who took part.”

To find out more about the ‘Love the outdoors in Charnwood’ campaign please visit: www.charnwood.gov.uk/LoveOutdoors

An album of the photos can be found at: www.charnwood.gov.uk/photo

Winners and runners-up:

Wonderful wildlife

  • Winner: Iris Sayer - Blue tit at Richardson's Meadow

  • Runners-up: Tony Swift - Kingfisher at Charnwood Water and Siobhan Halliday - Highland cow at Beacon Hill Country Park

Young photographer

  • Winner: Ollie Boby - Boats at Charnwood Water in Loughborough

  • Runner-up: Evie Garfoot-White - Blackberries at Sileby

Open Category

  • Winner: Liz Dowding - Nanpantan Reservoir at Loughborough

  • Runners-up: Glyn Furlong - Bluebells at Burleigh Woods, Rosie Lee-Smith - Bradgate Park and Helen Sturgess - Loughborough Canal