Snap happy Ponteland mum to give photo contest prize to son

Sharon Willow Gray won Northumberland County Council's Residents' Festival prize with a picture of Belsay Hall

Sharon Gray Sharon Gray's winning photo of Belsay Hall gardens, which won the Northumberland County Council Residents' Festival photo contest
Sharon Gray's winning photo of Belsay Hall gardens, which won the Northumberland County Council Residents' Festival photo contest

A snap happy mum is hoping to inspire her son after her picture at a North East stately home garden took the top prize at a photography contest.

Sharon Willow Gray saw off strong competition to take the Northumberland County Council Residents’ Festival title with a shot of Belsay Hall’s gardens.

And the Ponteland parent is set to give the prize of a digital camera to her son with the aim of encouraging his creativity.

“I’m over the moon that I won the camera,” said Sharon, who received a Canon Powershot model. “It came as a great surprise.

“I plan on giving the camera to my son, who’s eight years old. He’s shown a keen interest in photography and I am hoping the camera can help him to develop his skills.”

More than 100 people entered the competition, run by Northumberland County Council, which had organised the fifth annual Residents’ Festival in partnership with more than 30 of the county’s attractions.

The photos were judged by a leading local photographer who looked for skill and creativity in the entries, as well as which photos best showed off Northumberland’s attractions and how the residents were enjoying the weekend.

Four people received runners-up prizes of family day passes to Cragside or annual family passes to North East English Heritage sites.

Belsay Hall proved to be a photogenic venue, with runners-up Peter Reed, from Ashington, and Imogen Bowden, from Warkworth, winning prizes for the photos they took inside the hall.

Lisa Murray, from Bedlington, and Widdrington resident Lisa Baker also earned runners-up prizes for photos of their children joining in with the festival fun.

Lisa sent in a picture of her four-year-old Ellie enjoying the gardens at Seaton Delaval Hall and Lisa, who visited Chillingham Castle, won a prize for a photo of her little boy Riley, three, playing with a doll’s house.

All of the competition entries can be viewed at www.northumberland.gov.uk/flickr

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