Congratulations to the prize winners of our ‘Summer In the City’ photo competition


Last night, those shortlisted in our annual photographic competition and the judges gathered in the Well of the cathedral for an evening of prize giving at the Awards Reception.

Dean Pete Wilcox who gave the opening address said “After year’s break, this is the 6th Cathedral Photographic Competition. Thanks to all of you who entered, your photographs have been very much enjoyed by our visitors. Also thanks to our judges who have taken great care in choosing their winners.”

The judges this year were; Chris Brown, Head of Marketing Liverpool, Martin Birchall, award-winning photographer who worked on the Liverpool Echo for over 30 years, now a great workshop tutor, Paul McMullin, well-known architectural photographer who works internationally and whose books of images of Liverpool grace many a coffee table and our chair of judges Mike McCartney, renowned photographer and entertainer.

We thoroughly  enjoyed seeing all of the photos sent in this year. Judge Paul McMullin, said “In this day and age when everyone can be a photographer as most people carry camera phones around with them it is great to see people being creative with their shots. Trying out different angles and aspects. A stand out photo for me was the winning photo in the Junior category by Ian Beasley ‘Escher meets Liverpool’; it had us scratching our heads trying to work out where it was.”

Martin Birchall said “It is encouraging to see the great range of photographs submitted this year, particularly in the Junior category. Hopefully these young people will be inspired to keep going and experimenting with their technique and subject matter. To be a prize-winner in a competition like this at such a young age will do wonders for their confidence.” 

And so to our winners:

Junior Category

3rd place: ‘Lark Ascending’ by Eloise Gillison, winning a Beatles Story family ticket. 

2nd place: ‘In my Liverpool home’ by James McGreary, winning Unity Theatre Christmas Show tickets

1st place: ‘Escher meets Liverpool’ by Iain Beasley (pictured below), winning a Print and book by Paul McMullin with Tate exhibition tickets 

Hope Street Category 

3rd place: ‘The Phil Pub’ by Sheila Philips, winning Lunch for 4 and guided tour of the Metropolitan Crypt

2nd place: ‘Summer lights of Liverpool Cathedral’ by Lenka Svarcova, winning a Meal at The Quarter & Tower Trip

1st place: ‘Don’t forget the Workers’ by Brenda Larkin, winning a Hope St Hotel overnight stay and breakfast & Phil tickets

City Centre Category 

3rd place: Brian Mason ‘Raft battle Spiderman at Salthouse Dock’ winning a University of Liverpool’s Victoria Gallery gift voucher & lunch at Blackburne House

2nd place: ‘Poppies in the city’ by Derek Gould, winning a Family ticket for a River Explorer cruise with Mersey Ferries

1st place: ‘Sitting Pretty’ by Bel Shaw (pictured below), winning a Tutorial with Martin Birchall & afternoon tea at 60 Hope St 

Finally, the winning photos in the ‘Peoples Winner’ category were announced. This was a public vote cast by the visitors to the exhibition displayed in the cathedral. Two of the judges winners also featured as voted for by the public. 

The Peoples Winner

3rd place:  ‘Summer Classic’ by Paul Dawson, winning a Family ticket for a River Explorer cruise with Mersey Ferries

2nd:  ‘Poppies in the City by Derek Gould, winning a meal at Host, then off to the Everyman!

1st place: ‘Don’t forget the workers’ by Brenda Larkin, (pictured above in Hope Street Category) winning a Spa day with treatments and lunch at the ‘Health Place’ Spa in Blackburne House

You can view all of the winning photos in our exhibition untill 3rd October. 

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