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Four Great Explorers Find the Timeframe Treasure! - Time to celebrate for National Forest resident, Tim Aggas, whose image The Great Explorers has taken first prize in the National Forests Landshapes photography competition, 'Timeframe'.
The sense of discovery in The Great Explorers captured the imaginations of the judges. In golden dresses the four explorers of Ashby Castle could be straight from the magical world of Narnia. The magic here is that the experience is very real: they are touching history and connecting with people far back in time.
Timeframe, which ran for the year leading up to 31 October 2005, was a competition with a mission: to generate images showing local heritage and the evidence of past lives and industries which can still be seen today in South Derbyshire, North and West Leicestershire and East Staffordshire.
"The response to Timeframe has been fantastic," said Lucy Ashworth, Landshapes Community Officer. "The quality and range of the images was outstanding, and now, as well as the winners, we have a magnificent collection of pictures that record many aspects of the landscape heritage of The National Forest."
66 people from within and beyond the Forest entered a total of 272 images. The photographs are now headed for a web-based archive on the ambitious Landshapes website at www.landshapes.org , along with selected images generated by over 60 people in photography workshops across the Forest during 2005. These will available to view from the New Year.
All Timeframe winners will receive vouchers for photography equipment at a prize giving in the New Year and winners and runners-up will be invited to plant a tree in The National Forest in March 2006.
Winner: Stefan Bulbaczynskyj of Swannington, for Second Cut taken in Swannington
Runner-up: Michael Booth of Ashby for Dimminsdale Snowdrops
Buildings and Routeways
Winner: Sue Kendrick of Newbold, Coleorton, for Swannington Mill.
Runner up: Julian Price of Coalville, for New paved area for Clock Tower
Winner: Michael Booth of Ashby, for Moira in the morning.
Runner up: Name withheld, Burton. Coors Maltings and Drakelow Power Station
Winner: Catherine Illsley, Germany, for Patchwork Fields.
Runner-up: Sue Kendrick of Newbold, Coleorton for Plough the Fields and Scatter, taken near Ashby.
The competition may be over but there is still time for amateur photographers to see their own Forest images on the website. The Landshapes team wants you to take a digital photo of a feature in the Forest that has connections with the past. Please send your photo, along with your name, address and telephone number to: Lucy Ashworth, Landshapes Community Officer, The National Forest Company, Bath Lane, Moira, Swadlincote, Derbys DE12 6BD or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org For more information please contact: 01283 551211