Photography competition winners announced – a moment in the life of a church

18th November 2014

Winners of the competitionOn 17 November, the winners of a local amateur photography competition were announced at an evening exhibition held at Sheffield Cathedral.  Prizes were presented by Richard Taylor, author of the best-selling book How to Read a Church and the BBC television series Churches: How to Read Them. Winners and selected photographs have also been used to produce the very first Diocese of Sheffield Calendar (2015).

Organised by the Sheffield Diocese as part of its centenary celebrations, the competition encouraged people to celebrate the life and heritage of churches by exploring and engaging with these amazing buildings.

There were six categories to enter: Church(yard) in the landscape; Light, ritual and season; Beasts and monsters; In memoriam; Faith; and Hidden gems.

The winners were: Tim Wragg, for a powerfully evocative photo of a snow-covered cross taken at dawn on Easter Sunday in Stannington; Gerald Robinson won two prizes one of which was for a very moving WWI uniform surrounded by poppies in Rotherham Minster; and Tim Leach, who took three prizes, one showing an astonishing medieval roof boss  of a brightly coloured head  with a protruding tongue.

Richard said he had been surprised at the popularity of his book and television series but they had clearly struck a chord with people from all walks of life who see the distinctive character and atmosphere of church buildings as a means of identity, history, pride and focus for their communities. It was vital that we ensure they are cherished for future generations to use and enjoy.

Julie Banham, event organiser, said:

‘Travelling back and forth across the diocese from Carlecotes to Adlingfleet, Snaith to Thorpe Salvin,  I am constantly amazed by the wonderful examples of Saxon, Romanesque, Gothic, Enlightenment, Victorian and twentieth century churches you would be hard pressed to find in such a relatively compact area anywhere else in the country. Church buildings are not museums. They are now being put to greater use than ever before. They have an increasing role in everyday life and are an important part of our local and national heritage’.

The photographs will be on view at Rotherham Minster for two weeks from Friday 21 November where a limited edition of calendars will also be on sale.

The photograph shows: L-R Julie Banham, DAC Secretary; Gerald Robinson; Tim Leach; Tim Wragg; and Richard Taylor.


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