First time entrant Bernard Knight scooped the top prize of £100 in the over 18s class at this year’s Hunstanton and District Festival of Arts Photographic Competition for his stunning study of a stoat hunting at Snettisham RSPB.
Bernard said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have won; now I’ve retired I have the time to enjoy my hobby and this gives me encouragement to carry on.”
Second place was taken by Christian Newton-Walker and third was Peter Hambly.
In the junior section Alex Appleby won the £100 first prize for her photograph of seals with Eleanor Bennett second and the youngest entrant to the competition seven year old Torri Ashley taking third.
Torri said she is putting her prize money towards a new camera.
‘I have a dream’ and ‘Wild Norfolk’ were the themes for 2013 that attracted entries from locals and visitors to the area.
Borough Mayor Cllr Elizabeth Watson and Town Mayor Elaine Clutton presented the certificates and awards at the competition and exhibition evening held at Hunstanton Town Hall on Friday.
“This year the standard of entries was so high that we decided to award Highly Commended Certificates in addition to the top prizes” said Chris Holt, one of the judges for the competition.
All the entries were on display and judges Chris, Vivien Young and Kate Dunbar were on hand to answer questions about the judging process.
Highly commended certificates were presented to: Fiona Larman, George Ashwell and Evan Andrews in the Junior Section and Terry Bowyer, chris Drewery and Jon Clifton in the over 18s.
There will be another competition in 2014 and details will be published in the Lynn News next spring.