Swanage Carnival photo competition winners revealed

While some Swanage Carnival events were blown off course by the weather, the announcement of the winners of the carnival’s photomarathon went ahead undeterred by the high winds.

With the whole of the huge Sandpit Field marquee available for the award ceremony on Wednesday 3rd August 2023 due to the postponement of other events, medals were presented for producing the best photos in just 48 hours.

Carnival Photo marathon competition winners
Nadine Hudson-Featherstone

Some of the winners. Left to right: Joanne Winter, Heidi on behalf of Eloise Woodward, Graeme Neale, Amber on behalf of Hayley Woodward, Jessica F and Jo Fowler

Photo challenge over 48 hours

For the Swanage Carnival photomarathon, sponsored by Swanage.News, there were 105 high quality images submitted, making the job of choosing the winners an extremely difficult task for the judges.

The challenge was to take photos in Swanage over a 48 hour period on a variety of set topics and then submit the best pictures with a limit of one photo per category.

Registration was between 10 am and 12 noon on Saturday 29th July 2023, with the competition starting on the same day at 12 noon, with a deadline for the return of the entries by 12 noon on Monday 31st July 2023.

Carnival photo marathon entrants
Nadine Hudson-Featherstone

Photo entries displayed at the entrance to the Carnival Arms bar in the marquee on Sandpit Field

“Lovely to see the creativity”

Organiser of the photomarathon and carnival team member, Nadine Hudson-Featherstone said:

“This year it was made even more difficult with the weather but that’s part of the challenge. I hope everyone enjoyed taking part as much as we enjoyed running the event.

“It was lovely to see the creativity of everyone who entered and the photos were of an extremely high standard. Hopefully everyone will be back again next year to enter the competition and bring the sunshine with them!”

Winners of each category

  • Red – Jo Fowler
  • Under the Sea – Graeme Neale
  • Together – Johnny Powell
  • Unusual – Joanne Winter
  • Vision – Elizabeth Guichard
  • Journey – Roydon Woodford
  • Strength – Roydon Woodford
  • Joy – Eloise Woodward
  • Highly Commended – Hayley Woodward
  • Highly Commended – Jessica F

All the photographs are now displayed for everyone to view in the entrance to the Carnival Arms bar in the marquee on Sandpit Field.

Winners gallery

Red bucket
Jo Fowler

Red by Jo Fowler

Graeme Neale

Under the Sea by Graeme Neale

people and fireworks
Johnny Powell

Together by Johnny Powell

plastic plesiusaur
Joanne Winter

Unusual by Joanne Winter

Glasses on beach
Elizabeth Guichard

Vision by Elizabeth Guichard

Car with Mayor
Roydon Woodford

Journey by Roydon Woodford

War memorial
Roydon Woodford

Strength by Roydon Woodford

child jumpmng in air
Eloise Woodwood

Joy by Eloise Woodward

two fish hats
Hayley Woodward

Highly Commended photo by Hayley Woodward. Picked by Nadine partly because it’s a rare photo of her mother!

Red car
Jessica F

Highly Commended photo by Jessica F

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