NPS Members and non-members alike have excelled themselves in this, the Society’s third Photographic Competition. With over 350 images uploaded, the Judges were highly impressed with the standard of entries. The theme of the competition was the Enjoyment of Seaside Piers, and the Judges have certainly enjoyed reviewing the images.

The Judging Panel consisted of four experienced and highly respected professional photographers: Micki Aston;  Zelda Cheatle; Damien Demolder; and Paul Sanders.

Our Winner Piering into the Universe from John Rees White was praised by Paul Sanders, who said: ‘There’s a lot of planning gone into this image and it has certainly paid off, I really like the isolation of the pier but add to that the drama of the milky way, it has winning shot written all over it’ .

Piering into the Universe by John Rees White

The Runner-up image – Sunset at Hastings from Stephen Wilkins was chosen in contrast to the winning photo, with Paul commenting ‘I love the muted palette and graphic composition, it’s a much calmer shot than the winning image but it reminds me of the quiet times I have sat on piers up and down the country creating images.’

Sunset on Hastings by Stephen Wilkins

Lastly, Mark Barwell  was Commended for his image Fun and Games which clearly represented the enjoyment of seaside piers.

Fun and Games by Mark Barwell

In the Junior Competition the  Winner was ‘piersbloke’ with the stunning Bangor Pier early morning, and the Runner-up was the captivating image of  Hastings Town Pier from Tabitha Porch O’Neill

Bangor Pier, early morning by piersbloke
Hastings Town Pier by Tabitha Porch O’Neill

National Piers Society Vice-Chairman Tim Phillips said ‘there were so many excellent images did not make the final cut: Andrzej Sroda’s Bright, Rea-pier from Solly Levi, Zoltan Attila Kecskes’ Under the pier to name but three, but several entrants had more than one image on the Judge’s short lists, including the winner, Ann Healey, Zoltan Kecskes, Paul Cahill, Ingrid Demaerschalk and Catherine Brockhurst. And Sophie Niepceron was brave enough to experiment with camera movement during exposure for her pier impressions!’

The National Piers Society would like to thank everyone who has participated in the Competition and for sharing your enjoyment of seaside piers. For those who are not members of the Society, we hope that you will be encouraged to join us and assist with our key role of keeping the nation’s seaside piers at the forefront of achieving a successful and attractive resort. Keep taking excellent images of your visits to our piers!