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Winners of Sherwood Forest photography competition revealed

The winning images from the Sherwood Forest photography competition have been revealed.

The competition – run jointly by Visit Nottinghamshire, the Miner2Major project and Tracey Whitefoot Photography – took place in July and August and received 437 entries across the various categories, with many people taking the opportunity to visit the area historic Sherwood Forest with their cameras.

Kinga Kapias, Marketing and Communications Manager for Visit Nottinghamshire, said: “We are really delighted to reveal the winners of the Sherwood Forest photography competition. It was wonderful to see so many taking part in the competition this summer, with hundreds of people walking around with their cameras and enjoying the beautiful green spaces that Nottingham and Nottinghamshire have to offer.

The winning photograph by Michael Platten. (59759939)

“Judging the competition was very difficult due to the high quality of the photos submitted. We are really excited to share them with the world as they will make great publicity for Sherwood Forest, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire and hopefully attract more visitors to the area.

The winners for nature and landscape are Alice Sipson (young photographer category, up to 13 years old) and Tammy Herd (adult category, 14+).

Tammy Herd's winning image.  (59759924)
Tammy Herd’s winning image. (59759924)

In Historic Buildings and Industrial Heritage, Michael Platten took first place in the adult category.

Finalists included Ben Gordon and Gary Sipson in the nature and landscape category and Sam Hazeldine and Olusola Awe in the historic buildings and industrial heritage category.

Alice Sipson's image was the winner in the under-13 category.  (59759927)
Alice Sipson’s image was the winner in the under-13 category. (59759927)

A selection of photographs have also been chosen to be part of Nottingham Castle’s calendar for 2023.

The winning entries won a one-on-one workshop with professional photographer Tracey Whitefoot and the top three entries in each category also received vouchers for Nottingham-based donut shop Doughnotts.

Olusola Awe was a finalist with this photograph.  (59759933)
Olusola Awe was a finalist with this photograph. (59759933)
Sam Hazeldine was a finalist with this image.  (59759936)
Sam Hazeldine was a finalist with this image. (59759936)
Ben Gordon was named a finalist with his photography.  (59759921)
Ben Gordon was named a finalist with his photography. (59759921)
Gary Sipson's photography was a finalist.  (59760059)
Gary Sipson’s photography was a finalist. (59760059)

Visit Nottinghamshire also gave special recognition to Frazer Varney’s photography, not included in the Sherwood Forest category, capturing the life and architecture of the city centre.

Steve Little, Program Manager at Miner2Major, said: “Sherwood Forest is a wonderful place with a rich heritage and fabulous natural habitats. It is known the world over for Robin Hood, but many people don’t realize the size of the Sherwood Forest region, its varied history. and its value to wildlife and people.

Frazer Varney's photo received special recognition.  (59759930)
Frazer Varney’s photo received special recognition. (59759930)
Chris Meakin Photography's shortlisted entry.  (59760053)
Chris Meakin Photography’s shortlisted entry. (59760053)
Helen C Green's photography has been shortlisted.  (59760056)
Helen C Green’s photography has been shortlisted. (59760056)

“The talented photographers who participated in this competition helped unveil and showcase it and we encourage you to take inspiration from it and come see for yourself.”

All shortlisted photographs will be featured in an online exhibition curated by Tracey Whitefoot.

Sonia Lowe's stag put her on the shortlist.  (59760041)
Sonia Lowe’s stag put her on the shortlist. (59760041)
Ross Holland made the shortlist with this snap.  (59760044)
Ross Holland made the shortlist with this snap. (59760044)
Kevin Clarke's photo has been shortlisted.  (59760047)
Kevin Clarke’s photo has been shortlisted. (59760047)
Shortlisted image of Luke J Henrys.  (59760050)
Shortlisted image of Luke J Henrys. (59760050)

The full selection of shortlisted photos can be found in Marketing Nottingham’s Nottingham Toolbox Gallery.

The competition aimed to get people out and about in the historic Sherwood Forest region over the summer, taking advantage of Nottinghamshire’s green spaces to celebrate the area’s diversity of wildlife, monuments and heritage.