Photography Competition See the winning entries here

Abbey Gardens Friends Photography Competition

We are delighted to announce the winners of the Abbey Gardens Friends Photography Competition. The photographs were taken within the Abbey Gardens between 19th June and 4th December 2015 and represent the beauty and variety of the Abbey Gardens and their enjoyment by all age groups.

The Photography Competition has been made possible with support from the St Edmundsbury Borough Council “Locality Budget”. 

The Award Ceremony was at the Athenaeum at 7.30pm on Monday 22nd February 2016. The Mayor of St Edmundsbury, Patrick Chung, accompanied by the Mayoress, Anna Chung,  presented the prizes to:

 Age Group 4 to 8 years:

1st Prize: Francesca Freeman     Title: “Pretty in Pink”

2nd Prize: Lana Ociepko              Title: “Christmas Leaves”

3rd Prize: Rowen Southgate        Title: “Abbey Gardens” 

Age Group 9 to 13 years:

1st Prize: Rhea Pizzey                 Title: “High Tea”

2nd Prize: Maisy Freeman            Title: “Brightest bed”

3rd Prize: Guy Gibson                  Title: 'Lead me to the nuts!'

Age Group 14 to 18 years:

1st Prize: Hannah Game              Title: “Autumn at the Abbey”

2nd Prize: Jason Black                 Title : “Sign”

3rd Prize: George Nunn               Title: “Protector of the flowers”

Age Group Over 19 years:

1st Prize: Dale Reynolds             Title:  “A Glorious Morning”

2nd Prize: Chris Carroll-Davis      Title:  “Nuts about the Abbey Gardens”

3rd Prize:  John Goffin                 Title: “Late Autumn sunshine in Abbey Gardens

Exhibition:  1st, 2nd and 3rd of each of the 4 Age Groups are exhibited at the Athenaeum on the evening of the Award Ceremony and were remarkable in their variety, colour and excellence.

This will be followed by a small Exhibition in the first floor lounge area of the Apex from Wednesday 24th February to Thursday 3rd March. The Exhibition will then move to St Edmundsbury Cathedral cloisters from Thursday 3rd March to 10th March.

The Abbey Gardens Friends thank St Edmundsbury Cathedral, St Edmundsbury Borough Council / West Suffolk, the Apex and the Athenaeum, in partnership with Sodexo, for generously hosting the Exhibition of winning photographs. 

Judging Criteria: The photographs have been judged on creativity and originality, composition (technical excellence and quality), artistic merit, content and the ability to reproduce as greetings cards. The Friends will be commissioning greeting cards for sale in the Abbey Gardens of the winning and other selected photographs.

Quote from Councillor Patsy Warby: St Edmundsbury Borough Council, supported The Abbey Gardens Friends in achieving The Locality Grant of £700 and said: “Supporting families and communities to be healthy and active is one of the top priorities of the St Edmundsbury Borough Council's Strategic Plan; as well as promoting economic growth and providing homes for local communities. The Photography Competition offered opportunities and prizes for various entry categories, including children and young people and encourages people to develop their photographic skills and build confidence in their own abilities.”

Quote from Lucy Perkins and Sophie Roebuck Chair of the Abbey Gardens Friends: “The Abbey Gardens Friends are delighted to have been selected for a Locality Grant and have enjoyed working with the Community in capturing the beauty and variety of the Abbey Gardens in photographs. We were overjoyed with the interest the Photography Competition generated from all age groups, from children as young as 4 to adults, pleased that it increased peoples knowledge of photography and the Abbey Gardens and thrilled to have a lasting record of the Gardens. Our next task is to create a range of greetings cards which will be sold in the Gardens.”  

Anglia in Bloom: In 2015 we proudly saw the Abbey Gardens achieve the Gold Award for Anglia in Bloom’s Large Garden Parks Category and the Joint Overall Winner for the Best Local Authority Floral Display Category.

Sponsors and Partners: We extend our grateful thanks to:

Councillor Patsy Warby, who worked with us to obtain the Locality Grant.

The Bury St Edmunds Photographic Society who have tirelessly guided us through the rigours of running the Competition and who has acted as judges.

David Morris, Head of Art at Howard’s Middle School, for his expertise and guidance.

Jessops for their knowledge and support and their donation of a large canvas of the Overall Winner, Dale Reynolds, picture “A Glorious Morning”.

MorVend Limited and The Lions Club of Bury St Edmunds who have generously sponsored prizes.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council / West Suffolk who supports the work of the Abbey Gardens Friends and partners our enterprise.

Andrew Akehurst of the Community Project for their help with printing throughout the Competition.

The Abbey Gardens Friends thank St Edmundsbury Cathedral, St Edmundsbury Borough Council / West Suffolk, the Apex and the Athenaeum, in partnership with Sodexo, for generously hosting the Exhibition of winning photographs. 

The Aims of the Abbey Gardens Friends:

The Abbey Gardens Friends are a not for profit, voluntary organisation working with the community and St Edmundsbury Borough Council to promote and enhance the Abbey Gardens for the benefit and enjoyment of the whole community.

The Abbey Gardens Friends seek to improve the recreational, environmental and educational facilities of the Gardens, to extend understanding and respect for the heritage of the ancient monument and raise funds to help improve the Abbey Gardens. We liaise with St Edmundsbury Borough Council / West Suffolk, who own and manage the Abbey Gardens, to achieve these aims.

We organise a variety of educational activities and events throughout the year.

The Abbey Gardens Friend’s have a group of Volunteer Gardeners who help in the Gardens.

Join the Abbey Gardens Friends:

We welcome new members. The annual subscription is £5.

Contact Details:

The Abbey Gardens Friends, c/o Moyse’s Hall Museum, Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds.

IP33 1DX

Tel: 07956 763112

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