The winners of a contest to capture the stunning scenery of Britain's countryside
at work were announced today. The c/o British Farming photography competition,
launched in July, invited entrants to send in a picture that they felt best
illustrated the beauty of agriculture and nature in balance.
The winning entry in the over 18 category, a picture of a cow with calf in Swaledale,
was sent in by Gordon Nicholson from Wigan, who receives the £1,000 first
prize. The winner of the under 18s category, farmer's daughter Alice Helliwell
from Derbyshire, receives £500 for her picture of the construction of
a dry stone wall.
The runners up, Peter Barton (over 18s) from Lincolnshire with his picture
of a windmill in a wheatfield and Kayleigh Southerton (under 18s) from Staffordshire
with her headshot of a cow, each receive £250.
In total, around 500 entries were sent in by budding David Baileys, a huge
variety of images that highlighted how Britain's farmers help to create Britain's
world famous patchwork landscape. The competition was divided into regions,
with each regional winner receiving a cash prize and going forward to the national
One of the judges, Martin Stanhope, deputy editor of British Farmer and Grower
magazine said: "We were highly impressed with the time and thought that
went into capturing these images. The incredible diversity of British rural
life, from upland livestock to lowland cereal farming, was striking.
"It was desperately difficult to choose an overall winner, but Gordon
Nicholson's photo gained the edge, through its evocative subject matter, powerful
sky, and well-managed landscape."