Sprowston photographer scoops 4th in popular competition

Just Regional
Apr 15, 2014 3 mins read

The winners of the 2014 Cromer New Year’s Day Fireworks photography competition have been announced. And one Sprowston man came in the top 4 with his stunning image.

Michael Muscroft from Sprowston came fourth out of over 90 pictures. Michael said “I am absolutely thrilled to have come fourth in this wonderful competition, knowing that I was up against some great photographers and their shots only makes me feel more elated. The overall event, with its centenary celebration of red to represent the poppy has been fantastic and I’m looking forward to this year’s.”

Judge David Morris said of Michaels photo “This is a cracking shot, a nice composition and pin-sharp fireworks, what else do you want?”

In total over 90 entries were received from across England to the adult and junior categories for the competition which celebrates Cromer’s New Year’s Day celebrations.

Chairman of the fireworks committee Jim Bond said “once again there was a very high standard of entries making it very difficult to choose a winner, the quality of many was exceptional. It just goes to show what a fantastic setting we have in Cromer for this annual firework display.”

Judge and press photographer Antony Kelly said “New Year’s Day started out a bit wet and windy but luckily as the day progressed the rain passed and it became a very mild, clear evening, which was perfect for the photographers out there, amateur and professional alike, to really take to the challenge of getting that great shot.

“Technically there’s a lot to consider when taking photos of fireworks so composition is often a second thought, but many of this year’s entries showed people had taken the time to think about the best places to set up their camera, this made the judge’s job very difficult. So difficult in fact we had to have four in the final and all deserving of a place on the podium.”

First place, and winner of the adult category, went to Steve Hone of March in Cambridgeshire. Steve who was visiting Cromer especially to see the fireworks is a regular visitor to the town. Steve’s winning image will be transformed into the official event poster for 2015 and he also receives a Toshiba Tablet prize donated by electrical store Bennetts.

Entries to the competition were received from as far and wide as Lancashire, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and locations across Norfolk proving just how popular the event is to visitors and locals alike.

Second place went to last year’s winner Mark Bunning from Watton, third place was Robert Hubbard from Brandon and fourth place went to Michael Muscroft from Sprowston.

Fourth place Michael Muscroft

Fourth place Michael Muscroft

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