Winners Announced for West Lindsey Hidden Gems Photo Competition

A lone Sheep on the hillside near Tealby
Winner of the People's Choice award, taken by Eleanor Hallam

A photograph of a Lincolnshire sheep – standing proudly on the beautiful backdrop of the Viking Way near Walesby has won a ‘People’s Choice Award’.

Eleanor Hallam (18) of Hatton submitted her picture in the West Lindsey Hidden Gems Photographic Competition, organised by West Lindsey District Council.

Visitors at this year’s Lincolnshire Show voted for the image, which was on display in the Council’s marquee.

Eleanor, who has won a £100 voucher for her efforts, was delighted with the news.

She said: “It has only been recently that I have decided I’d like to do a little bit more with my photos than simply post them to Instagram, so I was thrilled when I found out the results as this is the first competition I have entered! I am hoping to put the voucher towards buying telephoto lens as living in the countryside has given me a strong passion for wildlife photography.”

An idyllic picture of Southrey Church, submitted by Kerry Hotchin was named runner up in the same category.

As previously reported, participants were asked to snap any Hidden Gems across the district. These could include quirky signs, unusual architecture, less well known spaces and places or local features that might capture the viewer.

The photographic competition attracted attention from across the district, with almost 100 images submitted.

A special panel made up of district councillors sifted through the photographs to select the winners of the Over 18s and Under 18s categories, prior to the Lincolnshire Show.

Cllr Owen Bierley, Deputy Leader of the Council and member of the Lincolnshire Show Committee, was impressed with the variety of photographs that were submitted.

He said: “We had very impressive range of entries into the competition, which really demonstrated just how many gems there are across our district.

“It has been a joy to see such stunning photographs being taken in all corners of the district. The winning photos were chosen as they are a true reflection of the district’s rural beauty and charm. The panel would like to thank everyone who submitted an entry to our competition.”

The Winners are:

Over 18s

Winner: Amber Shepherd – with her stunning photo of the sunset over Osgodby.

Runner Up: Andrew Palin – with a striking image of the road leading to Blyborough Church.

Under 18s

Winner: Eden Powley (10) who entered a photo of autumnal trees in Chamber’s Farm Wood.

Runner Up: Tess Woodhouse (12) – An unusual angle of the daisies outside St Michael’s Church in Hackthorn.

People’s Choice Award

Winner: Eleanor Hallam - who captured a lone Sheep on the hillside near Tealby.

Runner Up: Kerry Hotchin’s photo of Southrey Church.

The competition was sponsored by the Lincoln branch of London Camera Exchange. Winners will receive £100 gift vouchers to put toward any photographic equipment or supplies. Runners up will receive a separate prize.

Sunset over Osgodby
Winner of the Over 18s Category - taken by Amber Shepherd
Road leading to Blyborough Church
Runner up in the Over 18s category - taken by Andrew Palin
Autumnal trees in Chamber’s Farm Wood
Winner of the Under 18s category - by Eden Powley
Daisies outside St Michael’s Church in Hackthorn
Runner up in the under 18s category - by Tess Woodhouse
Southrey Church
Runner-up in the People's Choice category - taken by Kerry Hotchin