2008 Photographic Competition

FoAM Photographic Competition 2008

The Friends of Anderton and Marbury held a photographic competition in 2008 for any photographic print taken in the Northwich Woodlands. 

An Exhibition of all entries was held at Comberbach Village Hall on Saturday, 28th February 2009.  A further Exhibition of winning and commended entries was held at Castle Park Arts Centre from Wednesday16th September until Thursday 22nd October 2009.

The Judges for the Competition were Andy Harmer and Nick Jones.  Andy is a professional Wildlife photographer and Ecology Consultant.  Nick Jones is Chief Photographer for Guardian Series of Newspapers in mid-Cheshire. 

Prints were judged in the following categories: Landscape,  Wildlife (flora or fauna) and Recreation.  The judges comments are shown next to each image.

Winner Wildlife Category

Reed Warbler







 “Reed Warbler”.  Beautiful – good size, nice lighting, interesting subject/activity.

Alan Garner.


Winner Landscape Category

Haydn's Pool




“Haydn’s Pool”.  Lovely image of Haydn’s Pool.

Sheila Blamire.



Winner Recreation Category

Entry 24 






“Early Morn”.  Good composition, nice highlights, lighting atmospheric.

Colin Edmondson.


Nick’s comments on the competition entries:  “I was delighted with the content and quality of the entries; it’s great to see that people are getting out and about with their cameras and are proud of their pictures. The nature category was supported particularly well and the entries were excellent. Anderton and Marbury are a beautiful asset to our area and all the competition entries reflected this. We’re hoping any future competitions will be even better so we’re encouraging every-one to take their cameras to Marbury and get snapping.” 

Andy’s comments on the competition: “I love sharing knowledge and really enjoyed judging your competition, but must admit that I still see plenty of flaws in my own photographs, which is good in a way because you never stop striving to improve.”  A favourite maxim of Andy’s – “You can’t read a book by its cover, but you can sell one by it.”