It was first time success for snap happy Stuart Scott who won the top prize in The Box Moor Trust photo competition.
Now his sunrise shot looking east from Harding’s Moor will take pride of place in the trust’s annual calendar.
Not bad for his first time entering the competition and Stuart was up against stiff competition with a record 125 entries submitted this time around.
The competition theme was changing seasons and it was judged by multi-award winning professional photographer and international judge Hoss Mahdavi, who said of the winning picture: “This image caught my eye, both for its beauty and for the moment captured.
“It has great composition and detail. The highlight of the image is exactly where one’s eye would naturally alight and the point of interest (the bird) is silhouetted perfectly against that highlighted area. The tone of the image is also captivating and all the detail is retained in the relevant areas.”
Kathryn Harper, from Apsley, came second with her quintessentially English summer shot of a cricket match on Blackbirds Moor, with the action captured mid-bowl.
Two images proved impossible to separate for third place so both shared the honour. They were Tom Harding’s misty view of Harding’s Moor and Ian Waterfield’s early morning scene of the Bulbourne flowing through the frosty meadow.
Calendars cost £5, plus £1 for postage and packaging, and are available from The Box Moor Trust Centre, London Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 2RE.
They will also be available at the autumn and conker festival on Blackbirds Moor on October 10 and 11.