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Tourism Photo Competition 2004 Finalists 23 August 2004

A total of 14 finalists have been selected for their 17 winning images which were selected from more than 800 entries. The prize-winners will find out which prizes they have won at an awards ceremony to be held in Douglas on September 20. Meanwhile, anyone viewing the images on the tourist board website ( can vote for their favourite by emailing until the winners are announced on September 20. Tourism Minister David Cretney said:

"We were delighted with the quality and quantity of entries this year, although the choice did give us some problems narrowing down the field. Surprisingly the least popular categories were Spring in the Isle of Man and Glens - which were merged as a result. Additional runners-up prizes have been awarded in both the scenic and the wildlife categories instead."

The 14 finalists will share £5,000 of prize money. They are listed in random order below. Scenic Landscape

  • Josef Frank Weiser, Wien, Austria (Playing statues at Cregneash)
  • Geoffrey Atkinson, Onchan (Bradda from Mull Circle)
  • Victoria Harrop, Glen Maye (Tram at Laxey)
  • Ian Sanderson, Douglas (Looking Towards Barrule)

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  • John Kearney, The Eairy (Lobster)
  • Geoffrey Atkinson, Onchan (Monkeys)
  • John Neil, Port St Mary (Lynx)


All but one of the prize-winners are Manx residents, which reflects the high proportion of entries received from local photographers. Out of 132 entrants, just 27 were from the UK, three were from Ireland and one each came from Canada, Italy, Austria and Switzerland. Around 75% were from men, with just a handful from children. The 2005 competition has already been launched and the new categories are:

  • Scenic Landscapes
  • Scenic Coastal
  • Trains and Trams
  • Manx Birds
  • TT and Motorsport
  • Harbours
  • Glens

Photos must be high quality digital images or transparencies taken on the Isle of Man between July 1 this year and July 1, 2005. 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. Competition judge and Isle of Man brochure publisher Miles Cowsill commented:

"The most frustrating thing this year was that a lot of the digital photos did not match the quality standards required for the Isle of Man main guide so had to be disqualified. Many were stunning images and it was extremely disappointing not to have some of them amongst the finalists. So, a word of warning for anyone competing next year: if you're not certain that your images are at least 300dpi at A4 size, then please consider entering transparencies instead."

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

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