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Photography competition

Alternative Angles - 2011/12 Photography Competition

The winners of the 2011/12 Norwich HEART Photography Competition, alongside a full shortlist of entries, were featured in a public exhibition at The Forum from 5th - 15th March 2012.

You can see all of the exhibition entries on Flickr. We also have a geo-tagged map so you can see exactly where our photographers got their inspiration.

30 images were selected for the exhibition from over 420 entries.

The winner in the Under 25s category is Rebecca Croucher, with her image Angle of Mystery.


HEART Photography Competition Under 25s Winner - Angles of Mystery by Rebecca Croucher

Alan Bennett won the Over 25s category for the second consecutive year with his image, Boating Pond.


HEART Photography Competition Over 25s Winner - Boating Pond by Alan Bennett

Six runner-up images were chosen, taken by Marc Callaby, Kerry Heaney, Nick Stone, Spencer Purkiss and Eleanor Soden.

Alphabetical list of Winners & Shortlisted Photographers

Under 25s Over 25s
Winner Winner
Rebecca Croucher Alan Bennett
Runner-Up Runner-Up
Spencer Purkiss Marc Callaby
Spencer Purkiss Kerry Heaney
Eleanor Soden Nick Stone
Shortlisted Shortlisted
Tom Bevan Martin Bowman
Tyler Clarke Julia Cameron
Kelli-Jai Collins Damian van Carrapiett
Peter Cullum Clive Dunn
Alex Dickens David Edleston
Amy Garland Susan Emerson
Amy Garland Marc Epstein
Olivia Grosvenor Caspar Evans
Roxi Lola McCormick Thompson John Kerrison
Liam O'Reilly John Kerrison
Sean Overman Terrez Price



Norwich 12 postcards

In 2008 we ran a prestigious new photography competition to celebrate these outstanding Norwich 12 buildings and showcase inspiring photography talent.

The winning 12 images have been turned into postcards which are on sale at the Norwich Tourist Information Centre in The Forum. An A5 postcard featuring a collage of all 12 winning images is 70p. A postcard pack containing A6 postcards of all the 12 winning images wrapped in a case is £3.95.  

The postcards can also be bought directly from HEART:

The A5 postcard is £1.20 which includes postage and packing. The postcard pack containing A6 postcards of the winning images is £4.80 including postage and packing. 

Please make cheques payable to Norwich HEART and send along with your order and your address to: Norwich HEART, The Guildhall, Gaol Hill, Norwich, NR2 1JS. For more information please call 01603 305575.

About the Norwich 12 photography exhibition 

The winning and shortlisted entries from last year's photography competition were displayed in a public exhibition at The Forum in late March.

Here are some of the comments left in the exhibition's comments book:

"Wonderful collection of photographs. So pleased to live in Norwich."

"What glories we have here in Norwich. This exhibition is a celebration of our inheritance."

"Wonderful thank you - re-inspired me to look at my home city. How lucky we are."

"Absolutely marvellous - well done and thank you to the organisers and photographers. This exhibition was a pleasure to stumble upon and has brightened up my day!"

"Very interesting and breathtaking photos. Though I live in Norwich I now see it in a new light - beautiful. I feel privileged to live here."

About the competition

The brief was for photographs to capture the essence of the buildings and what makes them special and 189 entries were received in total. The best photograph entered in each building category was selected as a winner, and of these an overall winner was selected, along with two that were highly commended.

The competition was open to entries from all ages during September and October, organised by Norwich Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART) which is behind the Norwich 12 initiative. The judging panel comprised Nolan Lincoln, picture editor for Archant Norfolk; Ricky-Joe Burrage, contemporary Norwich-based photographer who has worked on the Norwich 12 guidebook; and Michael Loveday, chief executive of Norwich HEART.

After some rigorous judging the winners have been chosen - congratulations to them all!

Winning photographs

Steve Denby was the overall winner of the competition with his black and white photograph of Norwich Castle entitled "Discarded steps". Judges commented: "A daring photograph that stood out with its dramatic and film noir qualities. It captures the sinister drama of the iconic Castle and its past, sitting on top of the mound. The unusual viewpoint is a break in tradition from the more commonly seen images of the Castle. An outstanding photograph."

The photograph by Jan Barsby featuring the cloisters in Norwich Cathedral was highly commended. Judges noted: "This is a well thought-out photograph and its composition has many strands - the cross in the foreground, the framed glimpse into the cloisters and the couple walking through. It reflects the multifaceted nature of the Cathedral buildings and highlights both the scale and humanity of the buildings."

Edward Hearn's photograph taken in St John's Roman Catholic Cathedral was also highly commended. Judges said: "A cleverly understated and contemplative photograph which makes the most of the contrast between light and dark in the building. An intriguing picture that makes you want to know who is featured - silhouetted against the gothic arch, the figure hints at monastic dress."


For information on other Norwich HEART photography competitions, including how to enter - click here

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