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Tourism & Leisure Photo Competition 2006 – finalists announced 4 October 2006

Judging of the Department of Tourism and Leisure Photo Competition 2006 has been completed and finalists and unsuccessful entrants have been notified.

All the prize images can be viewed on the Department’s website by clicking here.

A total of 11 finalists have been selected for their 13 winning images which have been selected from more than 846 entries. The prize-winners found out which prizes they had won at an awards ceremony held in the Colonnade Suite, Villa Marina on September 29th.

Tourism and Leisure Minister David Cretney said:

‘We are delighted with the quality and quantity of entries this year, although the choice did give us some problems narrowing down the field. Surprisingly our new miscellaneous category proved very popular with 182 entries. Additional runner-up prizes were awarded in this category.’

The 11 finalists will share £5,700 of prize money. They are listed in random order below.

Scenic Coastal

Andrew North, Glen Vine (Derbyhaven Harbour in Flower)

Andrew Woodward, Kirk Michael (Calf of Man at Sunset)

Scenic Landscape

Allan Brown, Ramsey (Ballaglass Cascade)

Alex Rosen, Lincoln (Straw Bales)

Heritage

Susan Clegg, Colby (Monks Bridge)

Barbara Callister, Castletown (Scarlett)

Transport

Brian Goldie, Port Erin (Steam Train at Four Roads)

Alex Maddrell, Port St Mary (Karina at Derbyhaven)

Events

Allan Brown, Ramsey (Blast through the Grass)

Christopher Wood, Crewe, Cheshire (Fast Kiwi)

Miscellaneous

Brian Goldie, Port Erin (Fireworks Douglas Bay)

Simon Park, Ramsey (Dusk Reflections)

Richard Dawson, Braddan (Lunch at Curragh Wildlife Park)

A high proportion of entries were received from local photographers. Out of 132 entrants just 28 were from the UK, 4 were from Ireland, 2 from Scotland and one each from the USA and South Africa. Around 70% were from men, with just a handful from children.

The 2007 competition has been launched and the categories are:

• Scenic Landscapes

• Scenic Coastal

• Wildlife

• Heritage

• Transport

• Events

• Miscellaneous

Photos must be high quality digital images or transparencies taken on the Isle of Man between July 1 this year and July 1, 2007. Entries can be submitted between June 1 and July 1 next year. Once again, the overall winner will scoop £1,000, with each category winner receiving £500 and runners-up £100.

Anyone with queries about the photo competition can email their questions to photocomp@gov.im and the Department will post up the most frequently asked questions and answers on the competition pages.

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