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Photography competition winners revealed

Butter Would Not Melt, by Alison Evans, one of the Over 18 winners in the People category.

Breathtaking images of the people and places that are important to our sense of wellbeing were entered into this year’s Knowsley Spaces 2 photography competition.

Budding photographers who live, work, study or volunteer in Knowsley were once again challenged to capture images of their favourite places or people that have a positive effect on their wellbeing.

And yet again, the entries were of an extremely high quality – with a great variety of subject matter from stunning shots of nature to special family moments.

The winners were announced to coincide with World Mental Health Day on Monday, 10 October, and will all go on to be part of a new photography exhibition at Kirkby Gallery in November.

The aim of the Spaces 2 photography competition is to get people thinking about what and who makes them feel good and has a positive impact on their health and wellbeing. Organised by Knowsley Council’s Culture, Development and Events Service, the subject matter could have been anything – as long as it fell into either the ‘Places’ or ‘People’ category.

The winners in full were as follows:

Over 18, Places
Lightning in Stockbridge – Richard Donnelly
All the Fun of the Fair – Ian Hewitt
Dandelion – Christopher White

Over 18, People
Butter Would Not Melt – Alison Evans
Peaceful Contemplation – Jude Ryan
Elevating Friends – Gill Cowley

Under 18s, Places
King of Thrones – Saiorse O’Connor
Who’s Watching Who – Rachel Ryan
Through the Trees – Nieve Gerrard

Under 18s, People
Sports Day – Maisey Gadd
Tour De Knowsley – Grandad and Me – Reece Daniels
Mmmmmmm! – Josh Campbell

All these winning entries will now go on to be part of an exciting new photography exhibition, Panorama, coming to Kirkby Gallery in November.

With hundreds of images from people and places, taken by entrants into this year’s Spaces competition, as well as images from the collections of Prescot Museum and Archive Resource Knowsley (ARK), Panorama looks set to be a fascinating exhibition.

All the winners of the Spaces 2 photography competition will be invited to attend a special prize-giving at the official launch of Panorama, and be amongst the first to see their work up on the gallery walls.

Cllr Eddie Connor, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Wellbeing and Customer Services, said:

“The incredible standard of entries in this second year of the Spaces photography competition is a real testament to the amount of talent we have in our borough.

“What’s also nice is that there is such variety in the images which have won prizes this year, but for each one you get a real sense of what that place or person might mean to the photographer who took the picture.

“I very much look forward to seeing the Panorama exhibition which will really show off these fantastic images alongside hundreds of other photographs of Knowsley from our other collections.”

‘Panorama’ will open at Kirkby Gallery on 7 November and run until 21 January, 2017. For more information visit the council’s website www.knowsley.gov.uk/things-to-do/museums-and-galleries/exhibitions.

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