The winning picture of the steamer and wintry Helvellyn Range. Photo: Jeff Coates

The winning picture of the steamer and wintry Helvellyn Range. Photo: Jeff Coates

A shot of a boat sailing on Ullswater with a backdrop of the snow-covered Helvellyn range has been judged top image in a competition.

Ullswater Steamer heading to Glenridding by Jeff Coates took top prize in the Wainwright Society’s annual photographic contest.

And Elaine Hudson’s picture of the Scafell range framed in Great Door on Yewbarrow was awarded the runner-up accolade.

Accomplished film-maker and photographer Terry Abraham judged the competition run by the society, which promotes and studies the works of the late author Alfred Wainwright. The competition attracted 101 entries from 36 society members.

Mr Abraham said of the winning 2019 image: “I had to do a double-take when I first saw this photo as I could have sworn it was one of my own!

“A superbly composed shot featuring one of the Ullswater steamers heading for Glenridding with the flanks of Helvellyn looming large in the background. I love this image particularly for its use of focal length with the lens used.

“It affords a sense of majesty and scale, as England’s third-highest peak stands proud overlooking Ullswater. A view I’m terribly familiar with, given I don’t live far away and also from filming Life of a Mountain: Helvellyn – hence I had to look twice at the picture.

“A wonderful photo and a much deserved winner. You can’t beat a bit of winter light and snow to set the scene in this composition, either.”

The runner-up image of Great Door. Photo: Elaine Hudson

The runner-up image of Great Door. Photo: Elaine Hudson

The second-placed photograph shows a figure standing on crags on Yewbarrow, overlooking Wasdale, with Scafell and Scafell Pike in the distance.

Mr Abraham said: “Another scene I am familiar with from filming Scafell Pike a few years ago.

“What is striking about this image is its sense of scale. The portrait format works well, and the view is marvellous from Yewbarrow, of course.

“But what makes this really work is the person standing within the frame. Lovely composition with that detail of someone admiring the view to draw you in and wish you could be there to savour it all too. It would make a good magazine cover.”

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