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Monday, 4 July 2016

Top shots give the Dales big picture

An image of a lone sheep in the snow by Les Fitton beat off 500 other entries in this year's photography contest run by conservation and environment charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust and Yorkshire Cottages.
Winter Sheep by Les Fitton.

This is the fourth year of the Facebook competition which brings together a variety of images that showcase the region’s unique character and landscape.

Les. from Bolton, took the winning shot entitled Winter Sheep 'on a claggy day' in Ingleborough.

Settle-based photographer Steve Finch judged the contest. He said: "This shot stood out for me because it perfectly captures living and working in the Dales in winter’s a good, honest photo.”

Remco Rog from the Netherlands scooped second place with his unusual image of an erratic taken at Twistleton Scar. Remco said: “I am absolutely delighted. It is especially an honour because I am Dutch, but I’ve been coming to the Dales each year for more than 12 years now. Always new things to discover, new hills to climb. It is my second home.”

Remco Rog's picture of an erratic at Twistleton Scar took second place.
Other scenes that caught the eye of the judges include the Scots Guardsman steaming across Dent Head viaduct which was captured on camera by Andrew Thrippleton from Pudsey, a paraglider soaring over Ingleborough by Nigel Hunter from Littleborough in Lancashire, and a photo of Winskill by Kristel Laurijssens from Belgium.

These and other favourite images will be brought together in the trust's 2017 charity calendar which will celebrate the Yorkshire Dales throughout the seasons.

Yorkshire Cottages has donated more than £16,000 to the conservation organisation over the past few years.

Yorkshire Cottages director Drew Dunn said: “Once again we have been blown away by the quality and variety of the entries, and I’d like to say a huge thank you and congratulations to all the photographers that took part. I’m very much looking forward to seeing Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust’s finished calendar.”

The finished Yorkshire Dales calendar will be on sale from August at All money raised will help to support the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust's work caring for the landscape, environment, communities and economy of the Yorkshire Dales.

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