This is an archived press release
Wednesday 29 January 2014
Beautiful images by national Landscape Photographer of the Year Tony Bennett will be on display at Bakewell Visitor Centre from February 8 to March 22.
Derby-based Tony (pictured right), a retired engineer, was overwhelmed when his dawn photo of Crummock Water in the Lake District, was chosen from almost 20,000 entries to win the Take-A-View Landscape Photographer of the Year competition in October.
As well as winning the £10,000 top prize, his picture was the highlight of an eight-week exhibition at the National Theatre and included in a coffee-table book of more than 100 finalist-images.
Back on homeground, he is proud to have been invited to exhibit in the visitor centre's Peak District Photo Gallery alongside local professional photographers.
Said Tony: "The Peak District National Park is on my doorstep and I love it for a variety of reasons: because of its accessibility for people living in the cities that surround it, because it offers great photogenic opportunities, and I don't have to travel hundreds of miles to get there.
"My favourite season is autumn when the light is low, the weather is crispy and you tend to get the most dramatic skies. Landscape photographers capture light in a natural environment and for me autumn offers the best light."
Tony's framed prints, available for sale in Bakewell, will include Peak District scenes such as Curbar Edge in snow, a rainbow over the waterfall in Lumsdale, and the view from Kinder over the Edale valley.
Tony's passion for photography started more than 50 years ago but until his retirement from chemical engineering it was always a spare-time hobby. A member of Derby City Photographic Club, he does weddings, portraits, abstract and close-up work, but his main love is landscape photography. His website is www.inspirational-images.com
The photo gallery upstairs at Bakewell Visitor Centre, in the Old Market Hall, Bridge Street, DE45 1DS, provides space for display and sale by a collective of local photographers, with visiting exhibitions. To find out more, go to www.peakgallery.co.uk
For details about the Take-a-View Landscape Photographer of the Year competition, go to www.take-a-view.co.uk
Picture shows Tony Bennett with the Landscape Photographer of the Year award and in the background, his winning image (picture by Paul Mellor).