Great British Photograph - Cornwall's Final Ten

Photographs have flooded in to the 2010 Great British Photograph competition. Almost 2,000 images were submitted for Cornwall alone, which has been shortlisted to these ten images

Dan Bold


I live in Dorchester and have been taking digital photographs for three years. This shot was taken at the Eden Project on 4 November 2008 using a Nikon D80 camera.I used basic enhancements to the image and I thought that making the image monotone enhanced its striking, architectural impact.

Photographs have flooded in to the 2010 Great British Photograph competition. Almost 2,000 images were submitted for Cornwall alone, which has been shortlisted to these ten images, the first of which has been selected to represent Cornwall in the national competition featuring images from around Britain. The above image is Peter Purtill’s ‘Christmas Dip’, which could be crowned Great British Photograph 2010 and be in with the chance of winning �5,000. Congratulations to Peter and the nine other shortlisted images for sending such beautiful and striking images of the county.

Peter Purtill

Christmas Dip

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This image was taken on Christmas Day 2009 at Summerleaze Beach in Bude. It’s traditional to jump into the sea on Christmas Day, which is when I took this image last year. I just arrived as everyone ran in but as soon as they hit the cold water they screamed and ran back past me along with the tide. I am 52, live near Bude, and am a carpenter but I also work part-time as a freelance photographer.

Viki Wilson

Goonhilly Satellite Station

The shot was taken at sunset in January 2010 at Goonhilly Satellite Station. It was taken with a tripod and a Nikon D40 camera, 50mm-200mm lens, and no filters.The image has not been digitally enhanced. I’m a writer in my day job, and began taking evening classes in photography for fun a couple of years ago. I live on the Lizard peninsula and have always been really inspired by the satellite dishes.

Andrew Moir

Brunel Bridge in the Mist

The photo was taken with a Kodak Z712 compact camera, with no special equipment or lenses. The photo has not been digitally altered in any way. It was taken on a cold September morning about 8.30am looking down Saltash Fore Street (where I work). I am an Independent Financial Adviser and take lots of photos in Cornwall, normally on the coast. When I arrived at work one morning with my camera to upload some photos, I just saw this picture in front of me.

Carol Steptowe

Summer Bliss

I took this photograph at Trevone Bay while on holiday in Cornwall in September 2010. I used a Nikon Coolpix E5700 and the photo was slightly enhanced by increasing the depth of blue to bring out the intensity of the orange sunset. My partner and I were watching the last surfers of the day. We decided to wander down onto the beach as the sun started to set and the surfers were oblivious to me photographing them.

Allan Harris

Running Boys at St Ives

This shot was taken on 12 October 2006 using a Canon 10D camera with a Canon 28mm-135mm lens. I was walking along the quay at low tide, saw the boys running and managed to take this photograph. The original RAW file has been processed, cropped and sharpened in Photoshop. I am an amateur photographer, having taken pictures on and off for 50 years, and I live in York.

Brian Little

Exercising the Dog

This picture was taken on 16 March 2009 and I used a Nikon D90 with 18mm-and I took this shot at Gwithian beach near St Ives. I was intrigued by the amount of noise the dog was making – it was extremely eager to get into the water and was becoming increasingly impatient with its owner’s warm-up routine. The shot has been cropped from landscape format and I used a filter and altered the image slightly. I am a full-time photographer and live near Southampton in Hampshire.

Russ Nolan

Penhale Camp, Newquay

The image was taken just outside Penhale camp, near Newquay. I used a Nikon D3 set up on a tripod, and I have digitally enhanced it. I have been in the British Army for 15 years, the last five of which I have been a photographer. Predominately working for the media and communication department, I cover the Army around the world on training, operational and ceremonial duties.

John Hopkins

Mevagissey Seaman

My name is John Hopkins and I have been passionate about photography for many years. Although I live in Warrington in Cheshire, I enjoy holidays in Cornwall. This particular picture was taken at lunchtime in a pub in Mevagissey at the end of August 2006. I had seen this man in the harbour earlier in the morning and when I saw him in the pub I had to take this picture. I used a Canon 20D camera with a 17mm-85mm lens.

Russell Pike

The Blooming Rumps

The image was taken in June 2010 at The Rumps, on the north coast of Cornwall, at 9.23pm. I used a Canon EOS 5D with a Canon L 17mm-40mm lens. I used light filters, a polariser and a tripod. This photograph has not been digitally altered as I enjoy the challenge of getting the image right first time. I’ve been a landscape photographer for around three years and I live in Newton St Cyres in Devon. I’m 25 years old and work as a bench joiner in Exeter. 

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