Local photographer captures sunrise at Lindisfarne Castle for winning shot

A photo taken of Lindisfarne Castle by a Holy Island based photographer has been chosen as the front cover image for next year’s Northumberland Coast Visitor Guide.

The winning entry was taken by Emma Rothera, a photographer who lives and works on Holy Island. Emma explained how her shot captured the beauty of the landscape saying:

“My image ‘Lindisfarne Castle Sunrise’ was taken at high tide and I think it conveys the Island as I see it through my eyes, a beautiful and truly majestic place, with a unique spirituality and calm. The unspoiled beauty of this area of the coast makes it an amazing place to visit and to photograph. The landscape continually changes with the tide so that no view ever looks the same.

“I fell so much in love with Holy Island and its landscape that I relocated in 2009 and am now fortunate to call it home. I am absolutely delighted that my photo was chosen as the winner of the 2015 photography competition and will appear on the front cover of the Northumberland Coast Visitor Guide”

The image was chosen as the winner of the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership’s photographic competition by judges Cllr John Woodman, Ken Stait and Jane Coltman. The shot will feature on the cover of forty-thousand visitor guides next summer. Emma will also receive a £150 voucher for Stait Photo in Morpeth.

Explaining why the image caught his eye Cllr Woodman, Chair of the AONB Partnership said “I love the way that Emma has captured how calm and peaceful the Northumberland coast can be with this photograph. Judging was very difficult; the standard of entries was very high and I would like to thank everyone who took the time to enter”.

Ken Stait who runs Stait Photo in Morpeth and Hexham sponsored the competition and was also a judge said “We had quite a few sunrise photos to judge but the simplicity and serenity of this photograph set it apart. It is a beautiful shot.”

Jane Coltman, image manager at Johnston Press said “I really enjoyed judging the competition, all of the judges had their own views but we were unanimous when it came to the winning photograph”

The Northumberland Coast Visitor Guide provides information to visitors about the landscape, history, wildlife and villages of the coast as well lots of things for visitors to do and see during their stay. The guide will be published next March, businesses wishing to advertise in the guide should contact Mike Jones at Command Print on 01665 713899 or email [email protected]

The judges also chose a runner-up and two highly commended entries:

Runner-up – Hannah on Bamburgh Beach by Gillian McDonald of Winlaton

Highly commended – Summer Solstice on the north side of the Coquet Estuary by David Gerrard from Amble and;

Sunrise at Lindisfarne by John Green from Blyth.