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Shire Cruisers Photographic Competition 2019


Waiting for the spring by James Laws

We had some lovely pictures this year. Many thanks to all our entrants! Here is the winner (who receives £50) and other highly commended entries.
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About the judge
James Laws is a professional lighting designer, based in Suffolk. He specialises in landscape and performance photography. He has known Shire Cruisers for many years, as he is the elder brother of Susan Stevens. One of his pictures is on the right.

James says:
"It is always a pleasure to start the new year by judging the Shire Cruisers photo competition, which always reminds us of warm days afloat, gliding through unspoilt country." James's comments appear below each picture.

Best picture

High Royd


Claire Ward sent this lovely composition. The way the foliage sweeps up to and over the bridge is delightful and the figures were very well worth waiting for.


Highly commended

Lob Mill Lock 16

Crowther Bridge

2nd and the best family group: the Torrington family with a picture showing their boat seemingly being hugged by the bank! A very happy photo.

Charlestown, Hebden Bridge

Bingley 5 Rise

3rd and the best vista: Tim Overfield with "Evening Light at Bingley", with the mills of Saltaire sunlit in the distance.

Archie the dog

Black Pit

4th and the most imaginative use of wild flowers! Stephen or Claire Ward again with a shot that seems to show the boat growing into the bank, with a riot of oxeye daisies, cow parsley and a very photogenic foxglove.

To enter our 2020 competition...

Come on holiday with us, take your pictures, and send them in. You can also submit a blog.