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Amateur photographers highlight beauty of the Dales

Posted 13 December 2012
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Amateur photographers highlight beauty of the Dales
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The Yorkshire Dales Nationall Park Authority has said picking the winner of an amateur photographers' competition was extremely hard, due to the quality of the pictures and the beauty they captured.

Over 230 entries were received for the "Your Yorkshire Dales National Park: a snapshot", which involved people not just taking photographs, but also adding a written summary of their ideas on what the area should provide for its visitors and residents in the years ahead.

The quality of pictures was praised by Stephen Garnett, an award-winning photographer with the Craven Herald and a member of the judging panel.

He said: "You could see that some people had a real eye and talent and took time and effort to get it right. Clearly they were well prepared and had the patience to wait for the perfect shot. It was a pleasure to be involved in the judging - although it was tough."

People who like to go walking in the national park may have found plenty of fine places to take pictures themselves, from expansive views from the tops of fells to curious geological features.

The adult section winner, 'Liquid Sunshine', was taken at Burton Falls by Hetton-le-Hole resident Tom Collier, back to the fields after milking.

Another member of the judging panel, Yorkshire's Olympic gold medal-winning rower Andrew Triggs-Hodge, said he hoped the competition would "inspire others to keep shooting and recording our glorious Dales".

The 20 best pictures will be on display at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes in February.

Other top entries include images of red squirrels, the panorama of Swaledale, limestone scenery and even a solitary walking boot on a sign saying 'Muddy Boots Welcome'.

Visitors to Hawes can enjoy the fine scenery of Wensleydale and climb local mountains such as Great Shunner Fell and Lovely Seat.