Suffolk: Winners of iwitness photographic competition announced

YOUNG Demi Palmer-Linnett is eagerly awaiting an exciting shopping trip.

The eight-year-old has just been named the winner of our Suffolk scene competition run in conjunction with public service provider Amey through our iwitness site. Demi, a pupil at Elmsett Primary School, submitted a photo of Waldringfield and was shortlisted by a panel of judges as one of the finalists. Readers then voted for her image as the winner in the under 13 category and one taken by fellow iwitness user Peter Bash at Walberswick beach as the winner in the adult section.

Both arrived at the EADT offices in Ipswich this afternoon to collect framed copies of their winning photos, and they will each get �300 vouchers for camera store Jessops.

Mr Bash, 58, of Stisted, in Essex, said: “I have never had one of my own photos presented to me, I always take pictures but I don’t think I have a single one on display in my house.”

The self-employed gardener said: “I put quite a few photos on iwitness and I often look at other people’s pictures to see what style they have used or where they took it from.”

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Explaining why the beach is one of his favourite places in Suffolk, he said: “This beach was covered in footprints but there was only me and my shadow there, the scene just sums up so many beaches in this area.”

Demi added: “I walk my dogs at Waldringfield and go crabbing there.”

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Her mum explained they had stopped for a drink and were about to go crabbing when Demi took her prized photo.

Kayla Palmer said: “I take a lot of cameras and Demi uses my old Canon 450D, whatever I take a photo of she likes to take one of too. This time I was doing close ups and she took this image.”

Demi will now be choosing a camera of her own with her prize.

Gavin Blogg, account director at Amey, said: “Amey are delighted that the competition has encouraged local photographers to take snapshots which capture the beauty and diversity of Suffolk; all of the entries were of an incredibly high standard.

“Our congratulations to Peter and Demi for being selected as the overall winners of the two categories.”

These images plus other selected by Amey will also appear in a charity calendar being produced for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, available soon.

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