Image of dualling of the A11 near Thetford wins countryside group’s photograph competition
12:00 28 March 2014
It may not be everyone’s idea of a pretty picture, but a teenager’s photo of the dualling of the A11 has won a top prize in a competition which focused on the impact people have had on the Norfolk landscape.
The Corbin Prize, now in its third year, is run by the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England Norfolk, in association with Norfolk County Council and sponsored by local company Wex Photographic.
The two winners and two runners-up, who were chosen from a shortlist of 12, were celebrated at a ceremony last night.
Thomas Curtis, from Lamas, near Aylsham, won the junior category with a image praised by judges as ”a very thoughtful and unusual composition which showed the relationship between our landscape and our need for natural resources”.
The 12-year-old Aylsham High School pupil’s image shows a field in the foreground, and a dome and tractor in the background.
He said: “We thought the lighting was going to be too dark. Mum said it was going to be a miracle if I won because of the lighting, but I did.”
The won £350 worth of Wex Photographic vouchers, and said he will practice his photographic skills on a school trip to Kew Gardens next week.
Coby Wilson, also of Aylsham High, came second with his photo The Last Day of Summer which combined a green landscape with an urban area in the background.
The senior category was won by Keiran Sayer of Flegg High School, which was the unanimous choice of judges who said it showed a striking river of tarmac during the widening of the A11, capturing how people shape and destroy the landscape.
The 15 year old, from Hemsby, said: “It’s about changing the landscape and connecting two different places together. The road will allow people to get places quicker. They are doing it for the best, but then you have to think about the other side of it and nature.”
India Woollacome, of Norwich School, was the runner up with an image of pigs in a north Norfolk field.
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