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Misty landscape shot wins photography award

 16th Apr 2011

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Photographer Michael Cooper has scooped the Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year 2010 award for his landscape shot entitled Misty Morning.

Joint second place in the competition went to Martin Sothcott and Jamie Russell with their respective photographs Windswept Clouds and Fishing the Calm Summer Waters. All the winners received a certificate and a large canvas print which was presented by Isle of Wight Council Chairman Cllr Ian Stephens.

The competition attracted over 200 entrants from the Isle of Wight and these were whittled down to a shortlist of 40. Press photographer Bob Aylett, film-maker David George and Isle of Wight photography expert David Betts then chose the final winners.

The award ceremony was attended by over 100 people at Quay Arts, where the shortlisted photographs are now on display in an exhibition. This year was also the first year since it was launched in 2006 that the competition has had a Young Photographer of the Year category and the entries for that are also on display.

Michael Cooper said, "The image is one of several I took when I went out early one morning in October. It was great to find out that my image was shortlisted, there were some fantastic entries."