Boy at Dunstanburgh Castle wins Northumberland Coast guide photography competition

Visitor's snap capturing spirit of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty will front new Northumberland Coast guide

Visitor Andy Freeman has been crowned king of the snappers after his photograph was chosen as the winner of a coastal competition.

His picture taken at Dunstanburgh Castle will be the front cover image for next year’s Northumberland Coast visitor guide.

Andy, from Cheshire snapped a shot of his son, Ben, looking out from the ruined castle.

The winner of the Northumberland Coast AONB picture competition
The winner of the Northumberland Coast AONB picture competition
 

The image was chosen as the winner of the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership’s photographic competition and will feature on the cover of 40,000 visitor guides next summer.

Andy said: “My son loved the castle and was taking in the view of the Lilburn Tower when I asked him to stand still so that the top of the tower looked like a crown on his head, and he was a king surveying his land below.

“I thought that the shot conveyed how much fun kids can have in the castles around Northumberland whilst, hopefully, learning something too”

Chairman of the AONB Partnership, John Woodman and Andy Craig, a photographer from Christon Bank, were the competition judges.

Coun Woodman said: “This is such a fun shot, which portrays what the visitor guide is all about - telling people what there is to see, do and learn about on the Northumberland coast. “

Norma McKellar's picture of Holy Island causeway
Norma McKellar's picture of Holy Island causeway
 

Andy said “This is fantastic news for me because I have just started a Higher National Diploma in photography so that I can make a mid-life career change.

“This is my first publicly published photo so will always have pride of place in my portfolio”.

As well as having his image on the front cover, Andy will join Andy Craig on a half-day photo-trail along the coast as part of his prize.

The Northumberland Coast Visitor Guide provides information to visitors about the landscape, history, wildlife and villages of the coast as well lots of things for visitors to do and see during their stay.

The guide will be published next March.

Businesses wishing to advertise in the guide should contact Mike Jones at PDP on 01665 713899 or email hello@premierdesignandprint.co.uk

The Aurora Borealis by Dru Dodd (left) and Two Arctic terns on Inner Farne by Amy Nathan (right)
The Aurora Borealis by Dru Dodd (left) and Two Arctic terns on Inner Farne by Amy Nathan (right)
 

The judges also highly commended three other entries:

* Two Arctic terns on Inner Farne by Amy Nathan from Sheffield

* The Aurora Borealis over Bamburgh Lighthouse by Dru Dodd from Warkworth.

* Holy Island Causeway by Norma McKellar from Benton in North Tyneside

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