Hot-shots snap up top prizes

Terry Walmsley won 1st prize in the Life Through the Lens competition in Belper for his image of Chevin Wood.
Terry Walmsley won 1st prize in the Life Through the Lens competition in Belper for his image of Chevin Wood.

Proud winners of the 2012 Specsavers Life Thru the Lens photographic competition collected their awards on Thursday.

Retired Terry Walmsely took first place with his spectacular shot of the Chevin, taken in January.

Anni Plant won 3rd prize in the Life Through the Lens competition with her snowy view of High Pavement.

Anni Plant won 3rd prize in the Life Through the Lens competition with her snowy view of High Pavement.

Terry, 71, of Derwent View, Milford, was over the moon to collect a brand new Canon Eos camera worth £350 for the shot, which he took on one of his many long walks around Belper.

His stunning shot showed the light streaming through the trees at the Chevin.

He said: “I was hoping it would win. I really liked the shot, but other people don’t always like the same thing.

“I had seen this light the day before and the following day the sun was just in the ideal place.”

Belpers Life Through the Lens competition top 10 shortlisters with staff from sponsors Specsavers and Editor of the Belper News, Julie Crouch.

Belpers Life Through the Lens competition top 10 shortlisters with staff from sponsors Specsavers and Editor of the Belper News, Julie Crouch.

Terry said his shot of the sun peeking through the woods was not edited in any way. “What you see is what you get!” Added the lifelong amateur photographer.

The third Specasavers Life Thru the Lens competition saw ten finalists attend a bash at the King Street opticians.

In second place 17-year-old Emily Donoghue wowed the panel of judges with her portrait picture of Belper Mill.

The budding photographer, of Pingle Crescent, Belper, said: “A lot of people took photos of the mill from straight on – I thought I would go for a different angle and it seemed to work.”

Terry Walmsley won 1st prize in the Life Through the Lens competition in Belper for his image of Chevin Wood.

Terry Walmsley won 1st prize in the Life Through the Lens competition in Belper for his image of Chevin Wood.

And coming in third with her spur-of-the-moment snap of the snow on High Pavement, looking down King Street, in the town, was Anni Plant, 61, of Nottingham Road, Belper, who proved you don’t need a flashy camera to take a prize winning photo.

She said: “Everyone was in such a happy mood on that day. They were all smiling and having fun, kids were sledging.

“We were on our way back and I just turned round and thought, wow, what a lovely scene.”

The other finalists were: Tori Leatherland, Carol England, Julie Fletcher, Gareth Chell, Stewart Hoad, John Weaver and Laban Barlow. Tori and John were unable to attend the ceremony.

Andy McBride, director of the King Street Specsavers, said the standard of entry in the 2012 competition was the best yet.

He said: “It was great, but it’s always great every year.

“People really do send in great photos year on year and hopefully it’s something we can continue for a long time.”

Editor of the Belper News Julie Crouch thanked all of this year’s entrants for taking the time to send in their high quality photographs.

She said: “It has been our pleasure to run Life Thru the Lens again this year in conjunction with Specsavers.

“The standard of entries throughout has been the best ever and it was a very difficult job for the judges to select the finalists, let alone the winners!

“I must congratulate the winners and the finalists. It was a great pleasure to meet those who attended the ceremony.

“Life Thru the Lens has led the Belper News to introduce a new feature online and in the newspaper called View Thru Your Lens.

“We felt there were so many good photographers out there and we wanted them to continue submitting their great pictures for publication.

“So there is no need to put your camera away until next time’s Life Thru the Lens – keep snapping and sending in your shots to us.”