Gallery: Winners named in Landguard photography competition

Paula Pope's entry in the Landguard Photography Competition 2014 - one of the final 12 voted for by

Paula Pope's entry in the Landguard Photography Competition 2014 - one of the final 12 voted for by the public. - Credit: Archant

Inspired by one of Suffolk’s most intriguing and inspiring settings, photographers have produced a stunning collection of pictures to capture its diversity.

More than 500,000 people every year visit the Landguard peninsula at Felixstowe to enjoy a carpet of colour in spring, its tourist attractions in summer, windswept autumn days, and the barrenness of winter.

It is loved by military and history enthusiasts attracted by Felixstowe Museum and Landguard Fort, birdwatchers and walkers for the nature reserve, and others to enjoy the shipping and port views.

Armed with a camera, more than 50 of its visitors this year took pictures and entered the 4th annual Landguard Photography Competition.

The three themes were Seashore, Travelling and Transport, and Military, and they generated a wide range of images of different aspects of the area.

People were asked to vote online for their favourite photo with the top 12, three from each category, going through to the final.

The overall winning picture – chosen by the judging panel, Andy Smith, cabinet member for economic development and tourism at Suffolk Coastal council; Rageenee Hope, corporate affairs co-ordinator at the Port of Felixstowe; and Richard Cornwell, EADT east Suffolk chief reporter – was by Thomas Harvey from the seashore category.

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Stephen Rampley, Felixstowe and Landguard marketing and events co-ordinator, said: “We had an increased entry this year and I think there is a growing interest in the competition – and everyone involved is really pleased.

“There were some fantastic pictures. The final 12 were all outstanding, but there were some excellent shots which just failed to make the cut.”

A presentation ceremony will take place at Felixstowe Town Hall on October 15 when mayor Graham Newman will present the winners with enlarged copies of their photographs. The overall winner will get a full day one-to-one workshop, including lunch, with award-winning professional photographer James Fletcher.