Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC) has announced the winners of Capture What Captures You – the unique photography competition that asked Huntingdonshire residents and visitors to snap and share their hidden gems, old favourites and new discoveries from across the district.
Part of the HDC-led 'What Will You Find In Huntingdonshire' campaign, the new photo competition was designed to celebrate the amazing spaces and places of Huntingdonshire and encourage residents and visitors to explore the local area.
Over 100 high quality photo entries were received during the three-week campaign, and submissions included favourite local places, landscapes, buildings, and wildlife shots from across the district.
The competition winners announced are:
First place: Diana Hagues, 'Recreation on the River Great Ouse'
Second place: T-Jay Levens-Wager, photo of Huntingdon high street
Third place: Victoria Bowers, photo of Hinchingbrooke Country Park just before sunset
The winning entry has been awarded £100 worth of Click it Local vouchers in celebration of their first place ranking – with second and third place entrants awarded with £50 and £25 worth of Click it Local vouchers respectively.
Speaking about the winning image captured, photographer Diana Hagues said: "I captured this photo of my husband and dog together while I was walking around Portholme Meadow to follow their journey on the river. This place has always been very special to us, but particularly in the last year or so when the pandemic hit and we needed to find solace being close to nature near our home. When I saw this scene, I knew it encapsulated the beauty of this place where we lived."
Deputy Executive Leader of the Council, Cllr Jon Neish commented: "We were struck by the exceptionally high standard of photos submitted for this competition. Each entry did a fantastic job of showcasing the wonderful spaces and places found across Huntingdonshire."
"With such a high-quality number of submissions, it was a challenging judging process – but our winning entries represent the beautiful and diverse scenes that can be found in the district, from striking landscapes to historic high streets. We offer our wholehearted congratulations to all our winners."
The Capture What Captures You photo competition ran as part of 'What Will You Find In Huntingdonshire' – the HDC-led visitor economy campaign designed to encourage residents and visitors to discover new places, spaces and activities across the district, with reassurance they can do so safely. The campaign is funded by the UK Government Welcome Back Fund, in association with the European Regional Development Fund, and activity runs across HDC's digital channels and in a partnership with Star Radio.