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Self-taught photographer captures sunrise on Pilgrims Way for winning shot

A photo of Holy Island Causeway by a self-taught local photographer has been

chosen as the front cover image for next year’s Northumberland Coast Visitor


The winning entry was taken by Ben Wayman, a photographer who lives in

Newcastle. Ben explained how his shot captured the beauty of the landscape saying:

“ As a change from my usual Northumberland woodland or hill walk, I decided to

head up the coast. I was familiar with the great sweeping beaches but thought I’d

head to Holy Island/Lindisfarne early to watch the sunrise. Luckily, the clouds began

to break up and the Sun burst through, lighting up the island. What better way to

begin your day? We are so very lucky to have such a beautiful landscape on our

doorstep; if we deserve to have it, then it serves to be looked after and cherished”.

The image was chosen as the winner of the Northumberland Coast Area of

Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership’s photographic competition by

judges Cllr Jeff Watson, Ken Stait and Jane Coltman. The shot will feature on the

cover of fifty thousand visitor guides next summer. Ben will also receive a £150

voucher for Stait Photo in Morpeth.

Explaining why the image caught her eye, Jane Coltman, Deputy Images Editor at

Johnston Press North of Tyne said, “ I was so impressed with the entry of images in

this competition. The AONB celebrates our wonderful coast and the photographs we

looked at reflected this so well. The winning picture is of an iconic place in

Northumberland and the photographer's skill combined with the glorious light has

produced a superb image”.

Ken Stait who runs Stait Photo in Morpeth and Hexham sponsored the competition

and was also a judge said “We had quite a few photos of Bamburgh Castle to judge

but the simplicity and serenity of this photograph set it apart. It is a beautiful shot.”

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