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Children's Photographic Competition Winners Announced 21 December 2006

The children’s photographic competition ‘Manx Wildlife and Landscape through the Lens’ run by Manx National Heritage has produced some astounding images conveying many different aspects of Manx wildlife and landscape.

The competition coincided with the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition at the Manx Museum and many spectacular images were submitted in all three age categories.

Niarbyl by Joshua ToherThe competition was judged by John Caley, Manx National Heritage Photographer and Image Library Manager, who said:

“The response to the competition was remarkable and it was difficult to choose the three winning images. The winner of the 10 years and under category was Joshua Toher aged 10, who entered his photograph of Niarbyl, which was extremely impressive. Joshua’s image showed very nice composition on this shot of the Manx coast, plenty of interesting detail in the foreground which leads the eye into the middle ground with the soft sunlight falling on the distant hills. The strong darks, subtle colour and pastel shades create a wonderful impression of depth.

Fungi by Matthew MiddletonWinner of the second category for children between and including the ages of 11 – 14 was Matthew Middleton aged 12 with his image of Fungi. This is a very intriguing photograph, Matthew has done well to see the potential and capture the image so well. This is a really striking image, of an unusual and interesting subject.

Winner of the final category, for applicants between and including the ages of 15 – 17 was 17 year old Tara Cubbon who captured a striking image of the Common Blue Butterfly. Tara’s entry is an excellent study of a very difficult subject to photograph. The butterfly is busy feeding and Tara has captured all of the important detail: the head, tongue, antennae and the flower petals”. Common Blue Butterfly by Tara Cubbon

Each of the winners will be presented with a digital camera together with a Manx National Heritage ‘Family Four Site Pass’ to be used at any four of the Story of Mann attractions.

Winning and commended images will be displayed at the House of Manannan between Wednesday 27th December 2006 and Friday 19th January 2007. All qualifying entries to the competition will also be on display in a specially created portfolio, which can be seen alongside the winning and commended images.

Admission to the children’s photography display is free of charge and all children who submitted an entry will be entitled to one free visit to the House of Manannan during the display, which can be seen until Friday 19th January 2007, provided they are accompanied by a paying adult.

The children’s photography display runs alongside the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition, which can be seen on display at the Manx Museum until 13th January 2007.

The Manx Museum is open from Monday to Saturday between 10am to 5pm and the House of Manannan is open daily between 10am to 5pm, with the exception of Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. The Manx Museum will close at 3.45pm on 23rd December 2006 and 30th December 2006, and the House of Manannan will close at 4pm on 24th December 2006 and 31st December 2006.

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