Photography Competition Opening; West Norfolk in Bloom 2009

Phil Barrington joined the judging panel for the ‘West Norfolk in Bloom’ photography competition in July 2009. The competition, part of the national ‘Britain in Bloom‘ campaign, was open to all amateur photographers residing in the West Norfolk area, of all ages.

Phil and the rest of the judging panel looked through all the varied work two weeks ago and finally came up with the winners for the exhibition held at the Coal Shed Gallery, Hunstanton, West Norfolk from last Monday (3rd August).

The theme of this year’s Britain in Bloom campaign (and related photography competition) is ‘local roots’, which focusses on past/present/future local and cultural heritage.

A possible interpretation of the theme included; historic buildings, landmarks and features from individual ancient walls to Renaissance buildings – demonstrate how our local heritage represents the past and the future of West Norfolk. Another interpretation of the theme could have been; diverse landscapes, from urban parks and rolling fields to stunning seascapes.

The judges unanimously felt that the winning images of the competition certainly fulfilled elements of the theme as outlined above.


Phil curated/hung the show with long-time partner-in-crime ‘JP’ under direction from Helen Gooding, Marketing & Development Manager for the King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council.


Mr. Barrington stated; “Although my own work can be quite far removed from the themes presented in many of the works in this show, I accepted the very kind offer to get involved with this show because I totally support the idea of amateur photographers getting more exposure and I am attracted to striking images of rural/urban history, the passing of time, and the ‘light amongst the dark’. The winners certainly reflected those elements in their work. It was great fun indeed.”

Borough Council/In Bloom Website

Photography Competition; West Norfolk in Bloom


West Norfolk in Bloom 2009

Phil Barrington joins the judging panel for the West Norfolk in Bloom photography competition in June 2009. Phil is excited to be part of the panel because of the competition’s strong theme; specifically looking towards the future by reaching out to all groups within our communities and enjoying the diversity which can be found – community cohesion being an issue that is coincidentally an integral part of Mr. Barrington’s planned artwork for 2010.

Are you an amateur photographer living in West Norfolk?

Entrants, of no age-limit, must be amateur photographers residing within West Norfolk. Photographs must be the entrant’s own original work and previously unpublished, ideally taken within the past two years.

Competition Brief

The theme of this year’s Britain in Bloom campaign and related photography competition is ‘local roots’, which aims to celebrates past/present/future local and cultural heritage.

Possible interpretations of the theme:

Community: West Norfolk is fortunate to benefit from a wide and diverse community, with every individual bringing influence from their past and aspirations for their future to the local environment. A winning shot could show how members of our local community engage and participate in life in West Norfolk (consent must be obtained by the photographer for each person included in the frame, consent forms need not be sent in with your entry but must be made available if requested).

Landscape: The borough has a diverse range of landscapes from urban parks and rolling fields to stunning seascapes. A successful entrant may submit a stunning image that captures the local scenery found in West Norfolk.

Heritage: West Norfolk has a wealth of historic buildings, landmarks and features from individual ancient walls to Renaissance buildings. A successful images could demonstrate how our local heritage is both beautiful and represents the past and the future of West Norfolk.

The form (and more information, details about prizes, etc.) can be downloaded from here

And the website can be found here

Please submit the completed form on or before Friday 17th July 2009, along with your image, to;

Helen Gooding,
Marketing and Development Manager,
Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk,
Leisure and Public Space – Floor 2
King’s Court
Chapel Street
King’s Lynn
PE30 1EX