Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Smartphone snap wins photo contest

Laura Elliot used an iPhone 4 and Instagram to take a photo that won a National Trust contest
Laura Elliot used an iPhone 4 and Instagram to take a photo that won a National Trust contest
James Ashton, from Doncaster, took an intimate image of ducks feeding
Eleanor Bennett, from Cheshire, took an award-winning picture in Lyme Park, Cheshire

A close-up shot taken on a smartphone of a bee hovering by a foxglove has won a photographic competition celebrating the role green spaces play in people's lives.

The picture was taken by Laura Elliot, from County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, in her parents' garden and won her the overall prize out of more than 5,700 entries to the National Trust competition.

She also scooped the smartphone section top spot, one of four categories in the competition, using an iPhone 4 and the Instagram app to take her winning photograph.

Ms Elliot said: "I was shocked to find out I'd won. I'm studying dentistry at university and photography is just my hobby. It was late in the afternoon so there was just enough light to capture the shot. I feel this photo represents my space, reflects my love for nature, photography and captures the spirit of the competition."

The trust asked people to capture the spirit of founder Octavia Hill, who believed in the importance of spending time outside, with photographs of green places and the outdoors.

The 10 years and under category of the competition was won by nine-year-old James Ashton, from Doncaster, who took a ground-level picture of ducks feeding in Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire.

Tilly Rose Bellinger, 16, from Wiltshire, won the 11 to 16-year-old category with an atmospheric black and white shot of the Jurassic coast in Dorset. Eleanor Bennett, from Cheshire, won the over-16s category for her picture capturing silhouetted walkers through trees in local Lyme Park.

The top images were chosen by a panel of experts including top photographers, with winners of the four categories chosen and then an overall winner selected.

Photographer Joe Cornish, who was one of the judges, said: "Laura's image is stunning, The colours sing and the composition is striking. This is a photo that you want to blow up and hang on your wall."

The winners receive a day's tuition with landscape photographer and judge Charlie Waite, while Ms Elliot also receives one of his prints and two nights accommodation in a National Trust holiday cottage. The other winners also receive a day at a National Trust property.

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