Spectacular sunset means double delight for Norfolk photographer

Norfolk Coast Path - Burnham Overy Staithe Mill (Autumn) by Gary Pearson (from Dersingham)

Norfolk Coast Path - Burnham Overy Staithe Mill (Autumn) by Gary Pearson (from Dersingham) - Credit: Gary Pearson

A spectacular sunset and a stunning starry night have been picked as the winner and runner-up of a competition capturing the beauty of Norfolk.

And, for the second year in a row, photographer Gary Pearson took first and second spot in Norfolk County Council's contest to take the best shots on the Norfolk Trails footpaths.

There were nearly 200 entries, for the council's A Trail for All Seasons' photography competition, which ran from the end of March to the start of November.

The contest challenged the county's ramblers to take to the many Norfolk Trails footpaths and capture the diverse landscapes in different seasonal conditions, on camera.

The entries were judged by county councillor Hilary Cox, the council's senior trails officer David Yates and EDP picture editor Steve Adams.

They were then whittled down to just six, the public voted for Mr Pearson's beautiful photographs in Burnham Overy Staithe as winner and runner-up.

Mr Pearson, from Dersingham in west Norfolk, said: 'A particular favourite spot for my photographic excursions is the North Norfolk coast, and of course Burnham Overy Staithe, a beautiful village with a picture postcard harbour full of colourful boats and an ever changing canvas as the tide comes and goes, and then of course, the beautiful old windmill that features in my winning photograph.

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'It is perfectly situated for sunsets, with the sun setting at various points behind it during the year, but with an autumn sunset being particularly spectacular as it sets just to the right of the mill when looking at the mill from the start of Lucas Lane, on the coast road side of it.

'I was surprised to have got two photos in to the final six, so for the public to then vote for them, and to then come first and second for the second year running, is beyond my wildest dreams, and I would like to express my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to everyone who took the time to vote for my photos.'

Third place went to Kay Davey, from Long Stratton, for her image of the Wensum Way on a crisp spring day.

She said: 'The reflection of the tree in the Wensum looked beautiful in the March sunlight. In fact, when I took the picture, it was so bright that I could not even see the image on the screen so had no idea if I had captured it until I got home! So no editing, no filters, just pure luck.'

The under 16 category was won by Henry Lethbridge, 11, a boarder at Wymondham College.

He said: 'We were on a family walk along the Great Eastern Pingo Trail. Towards the middle of the walk I looked through a gap in the hedgerow, I saw a fence going off into the distance and thought it would make a nice photo.'

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