Lancashire entrants hailed in railway photography competition

THE winners of the first-ever Young Railway Photographer of the Year competition were crowned at an awards ceremony last night – with recognition for two East Lancashire enthusiasts.

The winner in the Under-19 category was Sean Mattocks, 17, from Burnley, who submitted a series of atmospheric photographs including landscapes and close-ups of people and locomotives.

Speaking after the awards ceremony, Mr Mattocks said: “It’s absolutely brilliant, I didn’t expect it at all and couldn’t be happier.

“The railways have been in my blood since I can remember – my favorite heritage line is definitely East Lancs, which is my local. I grew up there and it’s a great place.

“I will push to get better and better, and if they hold the competition next year, I will definitely apply again.”

A station line in Whitby captured by Sean Mattocks

In the 19-25 category, Liam Barnes, 20, from Rossendale, was named runner-up, while the winner was Bradley Langton, from Driffield, whose set of entries included a striking shot of the Glenfinnan Viaduct in the Scottish Highlands, made famous by the Harry Potter films.

The competition took place at the National Railway Museum in York with around 150 participants.

Launched in 2019 and delayed due to the pandemic, the competition aimed to showcase the work of budding photographers across the UK.

Contest organizer John Hillier, Railway Photographic Society and Bahamas Locomotive Society, said, “Congratulations to the winners of the contest. I extend my thanks to all who participated, despite the difficulties presented by Covid-19, as well as to our sponsors and to Network Rail and the National Railway Museum for their enthusiastic support.”

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