Amateur photographers snap the win in Co Op competition

Amateur photographers from Martham and Blofield were among the triumphant trio in the East of England Co-operative Society's photography competition.

Winners will have their photos displayed in homes across the region as part of the Society's 2013 calendar.

The Society holds an annual competition to create a calendar using images which reflect its trading area of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.

This year it invited photography enthusiasts to submit their favourite photos which depicted the theme of 'East Anglian Woodland Scenes'.

The Norfolk winners include Michael Bickley, 56, from Blofield.

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The delivery driver took his winning picture at East Wrentham in Norfolk.

He said: 'I had just brought a new digital camera and had taken it to work with me.

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'I took lots of shots of just about everything, but was lucky to catch this particular morning with the frost in the wood.'

Michael's partner, Margaret Bullen, added: 'Michael is a really keen amateur photographer.

'He always has his camera with him, just in case he spots something.'

Polly Glenville, 57, from Martham, captured a winning image of Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden in Norfolk.

Having been struck by what she described as a 'tranquil and beautiful' scene, Polly said her initial reaction was that she wished she was an artist and could paint the scene to capture it forever.

She then remembered that her mobile phone had a camera on it and decided that a photo was the next best thing.

Polly, who is a support worker, said: 'I regularly visit Fairhaven as it is like my sanctuary.

'I hadn't planned to take the picture and I didn't expect it to come out as pretty as it did.

'But I'm delighted that I was able to capture the moment, which other people will now also be able to enjoy.'

The third winner was Anthony Martin, 68, from Spixworth.

As well as having their photo published, the competition winners each received �100 of Co-op gift vouchers.

Amanda Long, of the Co-op, said: 'We had a fantastic amount of entries for this year's competition and it was an extremely difficult decision to choose our final 12.

'I'd like to congratulate all of our winners on such creatively captured images and encourage people to pick up a copy of the calendar so they can share in admiring the amazingly beautiful woodland we are lucky to have in this region.'

The calendar will be available in East of England Co-op stores across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex from now until stocks last. It will feature images from three budding Norfolk photographers as well as nine winners from across Essex and Suffolk.

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