‘Love your Lakes’ Photo Competition Winners Revealed

South West Lakes Trust and South West Water have revealed the winners of the 2017 ‘Love your Lakes’ photo competition which ran from 1 May – 30 September, receiving over 100 entries.

The competition, now in its fourth year, was held to encourage people of all ages to make the most of the fantastic photo opportunities at their lakes across Devon, Cornwall and West Somerset. The lakes of the South West are popular among amateur and professional photographers alike, providing a unique combination of beautiful landscapes, high-adrenalin activities and rich wildlife and plants. They are also the reservoirs that provide most of the region’s raw tap water, and the entries reveal how photographers are fascinated by the interplay between essential infrastructure and the natural world.

The three photo categories were: Family Fun, On the Water and Feats of Engineering. Photos had to be taken at one of South West Lakes Trust’s sites.

The competition was judged by renowned professional news and sport photographer, Richard Austin, South West Lakes Trust Director, Colin Vallance and Head of Community Relations for South West Water, Alan Hyde.

First prize for the On the Water category and the chosen overall winner was Kevin Brown from Penzance for his photograph of a double scull rowing boat being launched at Stithians Lake, who was awarded £350. Mandy Pollard of Holsworthy took the top prize for the Family Fun category with her photo of a family enjoy a sailing trip at Tamar Lakes and Chris Coupland of Plymouth was awarded first prize in the Feats of Engineering category for his striking photo of Burrator Dam.

On the Water

1st Place and overall winner – Kevin Brown, photo taken at Stithians Lake.

2nd Place – Judith Taylor, photo taken at Wimbleball Lake.

3rd Place – Paul Fine, photo taken at Burrator Reservoir.

Feats of Engineering

1st Place – Chris Coupland, photo taken at Burrator Reservoir.

2nd Place – Karen Davidson, photo taken at Tottiford Reservoir.

3rd Place – Robert Gualtieri, photo taken at Meldon Reservoir.

Family Fun

1st Place – Mandy Pollard, photo taken at Upper Tamar Lake.

2nd Place – Shelley Gordon, photo taken at Roadford Lake.

3rd Place – Claire Down, photo taken at Wimbleball Lake.

£50 was awarded to Mark Champion of Paignton for his amazing photo of Fernworthy Reservoir which received the most public votes and a special prize was also awarded to Richard Kift of Barnstaple for his stunning photo of Wimbleball Lake which will be used for this year’s South West Lakes Trust Christmas card.

Most public votes – Mark Champion, photo taken at Fernworthy Reservoir.

Special award and South West Lakes Trust 2017 Christmas Card – Richard Kift, photo taken at Wimbleball Lake.

The winning entries will be on display in the Lakeside Café at Roadford Lake until the end of February.

Roadford Lake is just minutes from the A30 between Okehampton and Launceston and is home to Devon’s Jubilee Sundial, given to HM the Queen by the County of Devon in celebration of her Diamond Jubilee.  Why not pop in and enjoy a stroll around the lake, view the fantastic array of photos and warm up with a homemade soup in the café!

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