Mayor of Crewe, Cllr Brian Roberts, was on hand this week to present awards to the winners of a photo competition that ran during the Bank Holiday Steampunk festival.
The Crewe Photograph Society set the challenge to capture the best images of performers and visitors at May’s extravagant street event. A varied selection of pictures were submitted in both the under and over 16 years of age categories. The photos were judged by a panel of five members from the Society. John Royle, from Crewe Photographic Society, said: “It was a pleasure to run this competition as a collaborative event with Crewe Town Council. We had some great entries and a new member – one of the prize winners.”
1st Prize was scooped by John Newell, from ODC Photos. The judges felt that his colourful image makes people smile, creates eye contact and has impact – everything you need in a photo. John said: “I was shocked and surprised to win. My sincere thanks to the photography society. It’s an honour and pleasure to be able to help the Mayor’s office and Crewe Town Council which is working so hard to raise the profile of Crewe.” John received a cup donated by Crewe Town Council and a full year’s membership to Crewe Photographic Society. However, in a generous twist, as John lives on the Isle of Man he has donated the membership to second-placed Matthew Lee, who captured Ichabod Steam standing by his Steampunk caravan.
The under-16 first prize was awarded to 13-year-old Rosie Warburton who submitted a creative view of the Municipal Buildings taken through some Steampunk goggles.
Cllr Brian Roberts, Mayor of Crewe, said: “This competition was a great chance for photographers to test their creativity and technical know-how. It seems a perfect fit for the Steampunk Convivial event at Crewe – which Crewe Town Council supported.
“I congratulate all the winners on their achievement. They have produced fantastic photos which really tell a story about the town and the variety of events staged here.”
The winning photographs will be on display at Crewe Town Council’s offices at Chantry Court, Forge Street, from 10th July onwards.
More details about the Crewe Photograph Society can be found on their website www.crewephotosoc.com
(written by Jules Hornbrook)