Winners of the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust Coastal Wildflower photographic competition were announced at an awards ceremony and exhibition launch on Sunday 25th of October. The exhibition is the culmination of a summer project run by the Wildlife Trust and Funded by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery fund which encouraged people to connect with the amazing diversity of coastal wildflowers along the Cleveland Coast through photography.
The winners of the four competition categories and other wildflower photographs will be exhibited at the Palace Hub Gallery, Redcar until Wednesday 18th November. The collection of images in the exhibition is testament to the interest of members of public in the wildflowers of the Cleveland Coast and the ability of local photographers. Prizes for the competition were made possible through donations to the Tees Offshore Community Benefit Fund provided by EDF Energy Renewables
The winning photograph is an image by Margaret Grant taken of Shasta daisies at Marske against a backdrop of the sweep of the coastline towards South Gare. It summed up the entire Cleveland Coast wildflower project that has explored with members of the public how people, history and ecology have influenced the different wildflowers found along the coast today. The daisies are garden flowers, almost all that is left of a group of holiday chalets on the Marske coast. They were planted in the gardens and have since spread, whilst the chalets have long since been removed.
The coastal wildflower portrait category was won by Liz Musgrove with a stunning image of a bee orchid, one of the small native orchids found along the Cleveland Coast.
The wildflower ecosystem category was won by Damian Money with his beautifully balanced picture of a common blue butterfly on a common spotted orchid. These orchids can be found on the cliff grasslands along the coast
The budding young photographer category was won by Hannah Mosey aged 10 with a carefully crafted photograph of a small beetle on a yarrow flower.
More information on the Cleveland Coast Wildflower project and images of flowers can be found at the project website: www.clevelandcoast.org
For more information contact: Kate Bartram firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 01287 636382