Competition winner is announced

Pete Waldron's winning photograph
Pete Waldron's winning photograph

THE winner of the 2013 Stade Photography Competition has been announced.

Pete Waldron with his image Rainy Saturday, came top in the annual contest.

This year’s theme was Stade Winter and the three judges - council leader, Jeremy Birch, Yasmin Ornsby, chairman of the Stade Partnership and professional photographer John Cole said they were impressed by the variety of entrants who participated in the competition, now in its fourth year.

More than 170 images were submitted.

Mr Cole said of Mr Waldron’s winning photograph: “It captures a genuine feeling of cold and wet, without sentimentalising or romanticising the harsh weather. He has provided just enough information to let the viewer know that it is The Stade, but what really sets this image apart and makes it a winner, is the strong composition of the obscured person under a black brolly splattered with rain.”

A free exhibition of 40 selected photographs is open to the public at the Stade Hall until Sunday, January 19, from 11am to 5pm. Prizewinners on show also include Pascal Bratell, aged nine, who was awarded 1st prize in the young person’s category. The public are invited to nominate their favourite image for a special People’s Choice award.

The competition is being run by the Hastings Fisherman’s Protection Society, Hastings Borough Council and FLAG. It is supported by the Foreshore Trust and by photography group Phg.

The Silverhill Community Darkroom has provided prizes of free membership and tuition and the Blue Reef Aquarium provided the under 16 prize.