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New Cramlington Emergency Hospital photo competition - the winners

A competition to find photographs for a new Northumberland hospital attracted nearly 1,000 entries

Bill Stephens Bamburgh Castle by Bill Stephens was judged the overall winner
Bamburgh Castle by Bill Stephens was judged the overall winner

A competition to find photographs to be displayed in Northumberland’s new hospital attracted nearly 1,000 entries – and here are the winners.

All will be exhibited at key locations in the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital at Cramlington.

The competition was organised by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust which has long used art to improve the environment for patients, visitors and staff.

Brenda Longstaff, head of arts and patient environment at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “We had a phenomenal response to our first photography competition and would like to thank everyone for their interest in our new hospital and for taking time to enter.

“The judges had an extremely difficult task choosing the winners because of the high quality of the entries.

Simmy Guillemots by Simmy
Guillemots by Simmy

“Due to the competition’s success, we will certainly look at running another one in the future.

“These images will not only look amazing when displayed in the new hospital, they will make such a difference to patients who are receiving treatment and loved ones who are visiting them.

“We’re passionate about improving the hospital environment and know from the success of photographs at our other hospitals that it is an extremely powerful means of creating an uplifting atmosphere while providing important talking points.”

Bill Stephens’ photo of kite flyers on the beach below Bamburgh Castle won the Northumbria Coastline category and was judged overall winner.

Mark Slavin’s puffin and Simmy’s guillemots jointly won the Wildlife category while the Local Scenes & Landscapes category also had joint winners – Paul White’s beach huts and Simon Gakhar’s corn field.

Simon Gakhar Corn field by Simon Gakhar
Corn field by Simon Gakhar

Lea O’Connor won the Close Up category with a shot of raindrops while Kristian Young’s portrait of a happily patriotic lady won the Things That Make You Smile category.

Professional photographer Ikuko Tsuchiya, one of the judges, said she was impressed by the quantity and quality of the entries.

Ikuku, who in 2004 documented a year of the Trust’s work, said: “There were many unique and original images which reflect the fact that there are many enthusiastic, passionate and artistic photographers in the region.”

The winners will be presented with their prizes later this month.

The new hospital is the first purpose-built dedicated emergency care hospital in England and is part of Northumbria Healthcare’s new model of emergency care for patients in Northumberland and North Tyneside.

Emergency care consultants are on site around the clock with consultants in a broad range of conditions also available every day.

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