Photographers capture the beauty of Westcountry lakes

PUBLISHED: 16:39 18 November 2015 | UPDATED: 16:39 18 November 2015

Martyn Behennah - Roadford - 1st Prize (beauty of water) and overall winner

Martyn Behennah - Roadford - 1st Prize (beauty of water) and overall winner


South West Lakes Trust and South West Water have revealed the winners of the 2015 ‘Love your Lakes’ photo and video competition which ran from 1 May – 30 September, receiving over 125 entries.

The competition was held to encourage people of all ages to make the most of the fantastic photo and filming opportunities at their lakes across Devon, Cornwall and West Somerset. The lakes of the South West are popular among amateur and professional photographers and videographers alike, providing a unique combination of beautiful landscapes, high-adrenalin activities and rich wildlife and plants. They are also the reservoirs that provide most of the region’s raw tap water, and the entries reveal how photographers are fascinated by the interplay between essential infrastructure and the natural world.

The three photo categories were: The Beauty of Water, Activities, and Flora and Fauna. Photos had to be taken at one of South West Lakes Trust’s sites.

The competition was judged by renowned professional news and sport photographer, Richard Austin, Former Chief Executive of South West Lakes Trust, Evelyn Stacey and Customer Communications Officer for South West Water, Lorna Devenish.

First prize for The Beauty of Water category and the chosen overall winner was Martyn Behennah from Dobwalls for his photograph of Roadford Lake, who was awarded £350. Mandy Pollard of Holsworthy took the top prize for the Activities category with her photo of a group of sailors at Upper Tamar Lake and Jacqui Spiers of Sprytown, near Lifton was awarded first prize in the Flora and Fauna category for her photo of Meldon Reservoir.

Malcolm Solomon’s video of Burrator Reservoir took first place in the video category and he was awarded £250.

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