Dandelion Days by Tamworths' Alan Wilkes.
The winners of a national photographic competition celebrating the life of Patrick Lichfield have been announced by his ancestral home, Shugborough, today.
The overall prize of an Olympus E-400 – D- SLR camera was won by Alan Wilkes, from Tamworth, with an image entitled Dandelion Days. The photograph captures the elegant Shugborough mansion house behind a meadow of wild flowers.
The competition was judged by landscape photographer, Charlie Waite, managing director of Olympus (UK), Graeme Chapman, and Iain Lewis, photographer and former photographic assistant to Patrick Lichfield.
Speaking of the winning entry, Graeme Chapman said it was reminiscent of a classic Lichfield shot, while Charlie Waite commented: “There is a pastoral look to the image, which incorporates many elements. The house is understated yet it is still striking and acts as an anchor to the shot.”
The competition attracted well over 400 entries from as far a field as Las Vegas. The youngest entrant was just six years old while the oldest was 87.
The competition also featured six categories, the first prize of each winning an Olympus mju 760 camera worth £200, the second prize winners receiving Olympus FE-230 cameras worth £150 and the high commended entrants being awarded Shugborough season passes.
The categories were: Children (11 years and under), Children (12-18 years), Gardens, Wood & Parkland, Architecture and People.
Ten-year-old Megan Meddings of Stafford won the younger children’s category with her image entitled Drying the Bloomers. Speaking of her image, Graeme Chapman, said: “It is an extremely impressive shot for a 10-year-old.”
The older children’s category was won by 17-year-old Frances Wright of Lichfield with an image entitled River Framed by Trees. The judges felt her shot showed a great sense of design and they admired the symmetry of her photograph.
The Gardens category was won by Stephen Betteridge, of Stafford, Architecture by Terry Dean of Preston, Wood & Parkland by Alan Wilkes, of Tamworth and the People category, by Richard Harris, of Birmingham.
Liz Carruthers, Shugborough Group Manager said: “The Shugborough Photography Competition was launched last year to celebrate the life of Patrick Lichfield and his love of photography at his ancestral home."
“Lord Lichfield used Shugborough as a location in many of his memorable photoshoots and we wished to keep this artistic spirit alive amongst our visitors following his death in November 2005."
“We have been overwhelmed by the response from both amateur and professional photographers and by the high quality of the images submitted. I’m sure Lord Lichfield would have been proud that so many wished to honour his works by creating their own unique pieces within the grounds of his much-loved home.”
The winning images can be viewed by the public in a stunning 2008 exhibition in the Shugborough Mansion House.