Wow! Stunning winning photos from Cromer New Year’s Day fireworks display competition
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Judges have picked their favourite three photos recapturing the spectacle of Cromer's New Year's Day fireworks display.
And the overall winner, Paul Dunstan, has just made the trip back to Cromer to collect his £400 40-inch television set prize, donated by the resort's Hughes electrical branch.
Amateur photographer Mr Dunstan, 47, of Overbury Road, Hellesdon, took up position two-and-a-half hours before the 5pm Cromer Pier display started.
He chose a fairly distant spot, close to the bottom of the Melbourne slope, on the West Promenade.
'I was getting pretty chilly but you get a good panorama from there of the whole of the side of the pier, and above it,' he said.
His winning photo was shot on a tripod-mounted Canon 5D camera with a shutter speed of about 20 seconds.
It captured explosions of pattern and colour over the silhouetted pier, reflected in the sea and on the wet sand, plus onlookers on the beach.
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Judges were EDP photographer Mark Bullimore, Simon Morton, manager at Hughes, and Malcolm English, chairman of the North Norfolk Photographic Society.
'We were looking for something that really had the feel of a firework display but also showed people watching, and that it was at Cromer, not just any old display,' said Mr English.
Mr Dunstan's photo will be used in all promotional material for next year's display.
Second place went to Paul Skillen, from Cromer, and Robert Hubbard, from Suffolk, was third - a placing he also achieved in the 2014 conmpetition. They each received a £20 Hughes voucher.
Jim Bond, chairman of the fireworks committee, said he was delighted with the response to the competition and the standard of the 135 entries.
The event, which has grown out of a display marking the Millennium to become the biggest of its kind in Norfolk, attracted record crowds this year.
They donated some £12,000 - £3,000 more than the previous highest amount.
'As people were leaving they were being very effusive and putting fivers and tenners in our buckets saying: 'this one's the best ever,'' said Mr Bond.
The cash will be shared between funding next year's display and the rest will go to good causes.
Organisers thanked everyone for their support.