Photographic competition highlights magnificent Hadrian's Wall

Dramatic shots of Hadrian's Wall have been entered into a photo contest organised by Northumberland National Park and YHA England and Wales

Sunset over Hadrian's Wall by David Furness
Sunset over Hadrian's Wall by David Furness

Dramatic shots of Hadrian’s Wall are rolling in to a photographic competition launched as part of a bid to open an £11.2m centre for visitors at the world heritage site.

Northumberland National Park and YHA England and Wales have been delighted by the exceptional calibre of entries to the competition, supported by award-winning Whitley Bay photographer and film maker Cain Scrimgeour.

The partners behind the proposed Sill landscape discovery centre in the heart of the Hadrian’s Wall world heritage site launched the competition in December.

The Sill will replace the current visitor centre and YHA youth hostel at the Once Brewed site with a building that is both “inspired by the landscape and of the landscape”. The competition is being supported by Mr Scrimgeour, who recently provided time lapse footage and wildlife imagery for Robson Green’s new ITV1 series Tales from Northumberland. He also produced a time lapse film of starry skies over Northumberland National Park to support the bid for Dark Sky Park status for the area.

He said: “I’ve spent a lot of time photographing and filming various parts of Northumberland National Park and the North East and the opportunities to capture breath-taking images are truly staggering.

Milky Way over Hadrian's Wall by Mike Ridley
Milky Way over Hadrian's Wall by Mike Ridley

“The Sill will introduce many, many people to this rare beauty and I’m very excited to be involved with the project from the outset. I’ve been really impressed by the standard of entries we’ve received so far and it’s great to see that so many people share my passion for photographing our wonderful landscapes.

“The images are truly inspiring and really capture the essence of our beautiful region, which looks fantastic throughout the year.”

Stuart Evans, The Sill project director, said: “The Sill will be a hub to inspire people to visit and learn about Northumberland National Park and beyond. Those who live in and work this land are well aware of the fantastic views the Northumbrian landscapes offer and we’re thrilled that so many of them are helping us to share this with others by entering our competition.

“We’ve received some amazing entries so far and there are certainly some tricky choices ahead for Cain and the rest of our judging panel who will have to make some very difficult decisions regarding our winners.

“The bank of images we generate will be used to promote The Sill and we hope that contributors will feel immense pride in helping us bring our striking landscapes to life.”

The photography competition is open to all ages and experience levels, with a category for under 18s and a category for over 18s and a winner will be chosen at the end of each season.

Photographs are welcome that capture the essence of Northumberland National Park and other special Northumbrian landscapes in relation to one of three themes; environments (including lakes and rivers, crags, hills, iron age hillforts and traditional buildings etc), flora and fauna (all forms of wildlife from cattle to forests) and activities (including everything from people working on the land, children’s bike rides to rock climbing and astrology).


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