Life thru the Lens winners chosen

Carys Williams.
Carys Williams.
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An array of super snaps made up the final of this year’s Ripley and Heanor News Life thru the Lens competition –But in both categories there could only be one winner.

Claiming top prize in the adult section of our yearly photographic contest was 20-year-old Golden Valley woman Carys Williams, whose arty black and white picture taken in between two abandoned railway carriages near her home was a hit with the judges at Belper Specsavers.

The brief was to take an image that best summed up the experience of living in the Ripley and Heanor area - that managed to capture an essence of Amber Valley’s natural beauty or helped tell the story of our industrial heritage.

But we also wanted people to take an image that was unique - that really captured a moment, or made us appreciate a well known sight from a different angle.

And Carys’ snap did just that.

She said: “I took it in black and white because thought it gave it a lot more feeling, with the fact that the coaches are abandoned.

“I thought it was an eery picture, but somehow quite peaceful.”

Carys, who works at Codnor Tesco and enjoys photography as a hobby was thrilled to receive a top of the range SLR digital camera courtesy of our sponsors Specsavers.

There were ten finalists in the adult section, who all attended an award ceremony at Specsavers’ King Street store, on Friday.

And this year we opened the competition to include a separate category for those under 16.

After receiving a fantastic quality of entries from our younger audience, judges chose nine-year-old Joshua Vardy’s wonderfully atmospheric shot of railway carriages near Butterley Reservoir as the winner.

The talented Somerlea Park Juniors youngster had to lie down flat on the floor to get just the right angle of this picture.

He took it a camera he bought from saved up pocket money, but a fortnight later it got dropped on the floor and broke. Now - after winning Life thru the He said: Lens – he has a new Fuji Film digital camera to play with and can’t wait to try it out.

He said: “It feels really good to win!”

Mum Cathy, 33, of Queen Street, Somercotes, said: “He’s just very talented in everything he does. If he’s got an interest in something that’s it, he will be good at it.”

For all the winners and runners up - grab a copy of this week’s Ripley and Heanor News - out on Thursday.