The results of the Leek Town Council photo competition, Aspects of Leek, were announced at the Pumpkin Festival at the Foxlowe Art Centre, on Sunday 3 November.
The competition was all about giving the Leek Town council website a boost and making it the shop window into Leek.
This event brought together the Leek Mayor, Cllr Sue Coleman and the overall winner Alan Lees, who is an active member of the Este Twinning Committee, which organised the Pumpkin Festival. See photo.
Three photographs submitted by Alan had been selected by the judging panel for awards. These included the overall winner, a colourful image taken in Brough Park during the springtime. It is dominated by wonderful pink blossom, framing the spire of St Luke’s church.
Two other photos by Alan were also selected; a landscape, showing hay being harvested in the fields above Ladderedge, and an interesting study of the black and white buildings at the bottom of St Edwards Street.
Having secured the overall winner, as well as two additional awards, Alan Lees was presented with first prize of £90 Totally Locally* Gift Vouchers.
Second in the competition was Christopher Maynard, who also submitted three winning photos and secures a prize of £60 TL Gift Vouchers for (1) Town by the Water (2) The Monument at Night and (3) College by Night.
Other single awards winning £20 TL Gift vouchers went to:
Tammy Mellor: Brindley Water Mill.
Andrew Spragg: Leek Hockey Club
Jason Bould: Snowscene in Brough Park
Mark Pointon: Narrow boat emerging from Leek canal tunnel.
John Crimes: Image of town rooftops at dusk.
Brian Pearson: Mill street after dark.
Peter Buck: Lanterns in the Butter Market.
Commenting on the competition for the LTC Events Committee, Cllr Mike Ottewell said: “The response to the competition was fantastic and we had some really excellent entries and it took us a couple of hours and a review to reach our final results announced today.
“What impressed me also was the response from Totally Locally who stepped up to create a unique Leek Town Gift Voucher. This can be redeemed in any of a list covering some 40 local businesses. These include, restaurants, gift shops and services. I would like to thank Dave Swarbrook for organising this in collaboration with Marc Briand of Totally Locally Leek.”
Mike Ottewell concluded by saying. “The photographs submitted in the competition will be used to illustrate the revamped Town Council website which is under preparation for launch in the New Year,”