Flowers have power to win contest

www.gilbertjohnston.co.uk'tel 07867812537'TBI photo competition winners, 4/7/11.
www.gilbertjohnston.co.uk'tel 07867812537'TBI photo competition winners, 4/7/11.
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A KEEN photographer scooped a regional prize by snapping flowers on a roundabout near Hartlepool.

Lucy Aithwaite has won the TBI Solicitors Spring photography competition, but modestly put success down to “being in the right place at the right time”.

She used the DSLR camera she was given as a Christmas present, and the training she had received on a college photography course earlier this year, when she captured a scene of daffodils on a roundabout at Wolviston.

It was voted as the winner of the competition, which was judged by BBC weather presenter Hannah Bayman and Lucy picked up a prize of a digital camera.

Hannah said: “Lucy has created a gorgeous glow by catching the spring sun shining through the petals of the daffodils. She has revealed an oasis of natural beauty in an urban location.”

Lucy, from Billingham, entered the photograph in TBI Solicitors’ Photography Competition without any processing.

She said: “I was very surprised and pleased to win. Photography will remain a hobby with me.

“My aim is to produce images of which I can be proud, ones that I can blow up and hang on the wall.”

The runner-up in the competition was Andy Beck, who owns the Teesdale Gallery, in Barnard Castle, and who submitted a photograph of sheep.

A new competition, sponsored by TBI Solicitors, has now launched for photographs inspired by the summer. Entries can be uploaded to www.flickr.com/groups/tbilaw