Photographers capture the essence of the waterways

Dean Barnes’ winning entry: Whittington on the Coventry Canal. PHOTOS SUPPLIED

THE Inland Waterways Association (IWA) has just announced the winner of its prestigious annual photographic competition. The best photographs submitted receive the ultimate accolade of being featured on the Association’s Christmas cards and calendar.

This year, Dean Barnes’ winterscape of Whittington on the Coventry Canal made it through rigorous short listing and a public vote to become the overall winner with a prize of £150 worth of books or maps donated by the publisher Imray and, of course, a pack of IWA Christmas cards displaying his work.

Dean is a keen hobby photographer who lives near the Coventry Canal. He spends time walking his greyhounds on this waterway or cruising on his narrowboat along the Trent & Mersey Canal.

He commented: “I haven’t won a photographic competition before so I am thrilled to have won this one.  I thought this was a pleasing image of a classic winter scene but never expected it to be widely seen.”

There was an increase in entries to IWA’s competition this year with nearly 500 high quality images being submitted. The judges aim to select a range of images across the year to reflect the seasons in the calendar.

Jo Lodge runner-up: Consall Forge on the Caldon Canal.

The picture that achieved second place, taken by Jo Lodge, showed a striking comparison between a canal boat and a steam locomotive at Consall Forge on the picturesque Caldon Canal.

Rachel Gibson: Swans on the Bridgewater Canal

Rachel Gibson, in third place, portrayed a wonderful composition of swans on the Bridgewater Canal.

Marion Birch, communications officer for IWA, said:  “We are always delighted with the calibre of the photographs submitted for this competition. I would like to encourage people to get out on the waterways to enjoy the pace of life and take their cameras with them  We look forward to seeing the results for possible inclusion in our 2019 calendar and cards.”




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