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April 3, 2015 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

First Apley Photography Competition – winners announced

Harvest Mice by Stephen Barber ©, winner of the Animals category

Harvest Mice by Stephen Barber ©, winner of the Animals category

2015-04-01, Conference Room with Photography Competition photos hung

Looking up river by Stephen Barber ©, winner of the Landscape category

Looking up river by Stephen Barber ©, winner of the Landscape category

After I chatted with Anna Henly earlier this week as she judged the First Apley Photography Competition, she emailed me this: “I was really impressed by the standard of the entries to this competition – judging was not easy. And looking at some of the pictures made me homesick ! I love the stark beauty of Scotland where I now live, but it is in complete contrast to the peaceful, comforting beauty of Shropshire. When I spent a few weeks at “home” last summer, down the road from Apley, I was simply amazed by the lushness of the Shropshire vegetation, presumably encouraged by a few degrees of English warmth. I hope this competition will be held again – with the introduction of a children’s category! We may run some photography courses at Apley to get them going ..

Anna chose a winner for each of our 8 categories (listed below) & you’ll her comments on a label in the Creamery Café beside each winning photograph. Many congratulations to everyone who entered – we couldn’t be more delighted with the number & standard of entries & will definitely do it again next year !

  1. Abstract – Frozen puddle by Richard Greswell
  2. Animals – Harvest Mice by Stephen Barber (shown here & on display in the Conference Room at Apley Farm Shop)
  3. Buildings – Moreton Corbet Castle by John Sweetland
  4. Food – Food for all to enjoy by Stephen Handley
  5. Landscape – Looking up river by Stephen Barber – This photo was also Anna’s overall winner
  6. Other – Evelith Mill Woods by Hugh Stanton
  7. People – Daredevil by Jo Macdonald
  8. Shropshire – Hoar frost by Terry Hawkin

We’ll be sending Apley Farm Shop vouchers to all winners who can then come & admire the photos of fellow participants.  In the Animals category, Curious by Melanie was my personal favourite – 4 horses peering towards the camera – of course because our daughters ride so much at home & we love our ponies hugely & all the fun we have with them !

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