Norfolk Trails’ Treasure Photo Competition Finalists Revealed
From stunning starry skies and tranquil beaches to cheeky squirrels and pirate teddy bears, this summer’s Norfolk Trails’ Treasure photo competition has seen a hugely diverse range of shots submitted by those out exploring the Norfolk Trails.
The competition, launched at the beginning of the Summer Holidays, saw photographers submit up to five pictures that encapsulate what it is they treasure when out exploring the Norfolk Trails.
Whether it was a favourite view, a wildlife encounter or a historic church, there was plenty to discover on the 12 Norfolk Trails and abundance of short and circular walks that extend across the county.
With some breathtaking images captured everywhere from Paston Way on the coast to Angles Way on the edge of inland Norfolk, judges Brian Hannah, Chairman of Norfolk County Council, Nigel Pickover, Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News Editor and David Yates, Norfolk County Council’s Senior Trails Officer, had a tough job choosing their favourites to go through to the final.
But, after much debating, Matthew Dartford, from Norwich, Gary Pearson, from Dersingham, Kings Lynn, Gail Sparks, from Great Yarmouth, and Ruth Grindrod, from Wyverstone, Suffolk have been chosen as the official finalists.
The photo entries were presented to the judges anonymously, which resulted in entrants Gary and Gail each having two of their entries chosen for the final, demonstrating the high calibre of photographs taken.
Brian Hannah said: “We’ve had some fantastically creative responses to the photo competition. The chosen finalists’ images have really captured the beauty of the county on the Norfolk Trails – it should make for a great final!”
All entries have been added to the official Norfolk Trails Treasure Flickr Group for everyone to enjoy, while the four finalists will now see their images go to a public vote for a chance to win treats including £100 to spend at Cotswolds Outdoor and the winning photo made into a canvas print.
First, second and third place are set to be crowned on 14 Oct, when the Norfolk Trails will also be announcing the judges’ favourite under 13s entry.
To vote for your favourite, head to www.norfolktrails.co.uk.
Managed by Norfolk County Council (NCC), the Norfolk Trails network brings together over 1,200 miles of long and short walks, cycle and bridle routes throughout Norfolk. Extending across the county, stretching from the coastline of north Norfolk, to the vast Brecklandforests in the in the south and west, to the Norfolk Broads in the east, the Norfolk Trails provide the opportunity to discover a diverse and picturesque landscape of unique market towns, rich wildlife and fascinating heritage.
NCC has secured £550,000 of funding for projects to develop and promote the Norfolk Trails and the new England Coast Path to bring more walkers to the rural communities along the coastal corridor between Cromer and Great Yarmouth, and generate vital jobs in these areas over the next three years. This includes European funding for the COOL Tourism project and UK Government Coastal Community Funding for the Explore More Coast scheme.
Find out more at www.norfolktrails.co.uk
COOL Tourism is a Europe-wide project that aims to use the environment as an asset to promote experiential tourism, helping rural destinations to compete in the global tourism market. Norfolk County Council is one of 11 local authorities and organisations in the east and south of England and north-west France involved in the partnership campaign. The project has been selected by the European INTERREG IV A France (Channel) – England Cross-border Cooperation Programme and has been co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.
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