Cromer

Stunning firework image wins annual award

Just Regional
Apr 15, 2014 3 mins read

The winners of the 2014 New Year’s Day Fireworks photography competition have been announced.

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.

Steve said “I’m absolutely delighted! I was persuaded to enter the competition and left it to the last day, so to win is a massive boost.

I come to Cromer fairly regular, more in the summer months though, as it’s nice to come for a wander and grab some fish n chips and just take in everything sitting on the pier. The summer events I try to get to, but the New Years Firework display is an absolute must, there is a great friendly atmosphere around the town, and an amazing display to finish things off.”

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

Third place Robert Hubbard

Third place Robert Hubbard

Second place Mark Bunning

Second place Mark Bunning

The winning photograph by Steve Horne

The winning photograph by Steve Horne

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