Photographer wins top prize in Blackrod Scarecrow Festival
A BUDDING photographer from Horwich has “snapped up” the top prize for a competition run during this summer’s Blackrod Scarecrow Festival.
Ian Fitter collected a £100 prize in the form of vouchers after his shot was judged to be the best in the adult category.
And picking up £50 of vouchers was young Ethan Hodgkinson, of Wigan, who came out on top in the junior competition.
Perhaps more importantly for the two happy snappers is the fact that their work will be used on advertising materials for next year’s festival, which will be held over the weekend of July 5 and 6.
The scarecrow festival sees thousands of people descend on Blackrod every year to be greeted by an army of scarecrow creations, with schools, churches and local businesses all getting involved.
The photographic competition was organised and judged by professional photographer Mark Power, from Lostock.
He said: “In judging them I was looking for pictures that really captured the fun, family and community theme of the day.”
The awards were presented by the Mayor and Mayoress of Blackrod, Cllrs Stephen Laycock and Beryl Monaghan.
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