The beauty of Grand Western Canal captured on camera

Posted on: 9 December 2015

The best entries in this year’s Grand Western Canal Photographic Competition have been picked.

The competition, which ran from February to November, was open to all amateur photographers and attracted 381 entries.

There were three categories – Canal Landscapes, Canal Wildlife and Canal Activities -– and a winner and runner-up were selected for each.

Each entry was judged by Eyal Lesk of PhotoLesk, Ray Yardley of the Tiverton and Heathcoat Photography Club, and Mike Slater, a freelance photographer.

Tiverton’s Mark Gliddon won the Canal Landscapes Category with his stunning picture ‘Sunset from DWJ Bridge’.

In the Canal Wildlife Category the judges chose Tony Nixon’s ‘I’m shy’, depicting a Damselfly resting on a reed at dusk.

Nicky Cook won the Canal Activities Category with ‘Fishing at Snakes Wood’.

Angler in Snake's Wood (Nicky Cook) reduced sizeEach category winner received a £100 PhotoLesk voucher with the runner-up receiving a £50 PhotoLesk voucher.

Mark Gliddon said: “I originally wanted to take a photo of the little chapel along the canal in Sampford Peverell.

“I went back a couple of times, but the sun was always in the wrong place.Then I saw the sunset along the canal.”

Tony Nixon said: “I knew the shot with the damselfly I wanted, so I waited in the garden for it to rest on a reed It came out exactly how I hoped it would, and I did not have to crop it and had to do very little editing.”

19. 'I'm shy!' Damselfly peeping (Tony Nixon) reduced sizeLocal Council Member for Tiverton East, Des Hannon and for Willand and Uffclume, Ray Radford contributed towards the prizes through their locality budgets.

Councillor Roger Croad, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services said: “We are always keen to receive good photos of the canal, especially close –up ones of people enjoying activities at the canal – so please keep sending them in.”

2 comments on “The beauty of Grand Western Canal captured on camera

  1. Luke Walker says:

    As a keen photographer and Civil Engineer It would be nice to be able to view the other photos entered in the competition! Where are they?

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