Photographer Captures Church at the Heart Of the Island

We are very excited to announce the winner and runners-up of the Newport Minster “Church at the Heart of the Island” photographic competition. Out of the 261 photos submitted, in the 6 week competition, the judges had a very difficult task to select the winning entry.

Photographers both young and old were invited to get their cameras out to capture the essence of the Minster formerly St Thomas’ Newport.  First place was awarded to Nick Kidd with his stunning sunset behind the minster “Evensong“, with runners-up Roger East, member of the Isle of Wight Digital Imaging Group, providing “Another Fine Day In Newport” and Vanessa Harris with her image “In the distance“.  All of the 50 shortlisted entries will be displayed at a summer long photographic exhibition within the Minster and are available now for viewing in the IWPOY Galleries.

The overall winning photographer will be featured in the Minster Campaign promotional materials and receive a framed print of their winning image. The winner and runners-up will be presented with their prizes at the annual Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year Awards ceremony that will take place at the Quay Arts on 21st November 2009.

We would like to thank all who have helped celebrate “The Church at the Heart of the Island” – receiving from photographers across the Island images that reflected the many roles and visions of Newport Minster.

Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to all who submitted entries. The Friends of Newport Minster would also like to thank all who participated and for the excellent quality and wide range of subjects submitted and would like to assure everyone that due to the excellent standard of work submitted they are sure that there is going to be a superb exhibition throughout the summer months.

If you haven’t been shortlisted this time around, nil desperandum, keep on snapping and why not enter your images into this year’s other IWPOY categories that continue until 18th October 2009. After all it is a very small world, isn’t it? Good luck!