More than 1,700 photographs from around the world will be on show at an internationally-recognised photographic exhibition which opens in Shropshire next week.
The Wrekin International Salon of Photography, now in its fifth year, will be opened by Mayor of Telford, Councillor Leon Murray, on January 16.
The competition, which attracted 6,806 entries from as far afield as China, Brazil and the US, will be at The Belfrey Theatre in Wellington for its opening day.
Event chairman Jon Baker said the event was now the biggest photographic competition in the county. He said this year’s competition was the best yet, with the natural images particularly striking.
“The nature images we are showing are easily as good as any natural history programme you will see on television,” said Mr Baker.
One award-winning entry, taken by Ian Whiston, from Cheshire, shows a family of cheetahs looking for prey. “It is beautifully sharp, and shows the environment the cheetahs live in,” said Mr Baker.
Tony Thomas, from Trench, took the Wrekin Members Open Colour Medal with his picture entitled Moorland Sky, which was taken in the Yorkshire Dales.
Steve Barber, also from Telford, took an evocative picture of foundry workers at the Blists Hill museum, which scooped the Wrekin Members Photo Travel Medal.
“It is incredibly difficult to photograph Blists Hill, particularly when they are handling metal, because you have got the light and the windows at the back,” said Mr Baker. “The detail is tremendous, and I think it is very atmospheric.”
A stunning landscape photograph entitled The Peak, taken by Australian entrant Linda Wei, shows the sun setting over a rugged rock formation.
“The composition of this picture is spot on, and the lighting is gorgeous,” said Mr Baker.
The exhibition begins with a show, starting at 2pm, where the winners will be presented with their prizes, along with an illustrated talk. There will then be evening showings on January 18, 19 and 20 at the club’s rooms next to the theatre.
Mr Baker said: “We are now known and respected by photographers around the world. This year we had an entry of 6,806 images of which 1,747 were accepted.
“There were 666 photographers from 61 different countries entering, from countries such as Brazil, Hong Kong, Oman, China, Russia, USA, the list goes on.”
The evening exhibitions will see a general variety of photographs on display at 8pm on January 18 and 20, with the emphasis on nature and travel for the the same time on January 19.
The event is organised by Wrekin Arts Photographic Club, which meets at 8pm every Friday from September through to June, at The Belfrey.
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