2018 charity calendar full of Island photography talent

Photo (left to right): Ian Pratt, Allan Marsh, Nigel Hartley, Martin Timbers, Christian Beasley, Roger Millward, Les Lockhart, Jodie Wilmott

Stunning landscape images and captivating wildlife photography are featured in Earl Mountbatten Hospice’s 2018 charity calendar, which is now available in our ten shops across the Isle of Wight.
The calendar has been made possible thanks to the extraordinary talents of local photographers, who entered their work into a competition earlier this year to find 12 of the best images. The response was overwhelming, with over 300 entries. After much deliberation, those entries were narrowed down to just 24 by Isle of Wight County Press Editor Alan Marriott and local photographer Peter Billington.
The final winning entries were then chosen by five people using hospice day services in the John Cheverton Centre.
The winners were:
  • January – Ian Groves for a frosty image of Newtown
  • February – Andrew Sharpe for a photo of the sunset over Ventnor Haven
  • March – Martin Timbers for a photo showing the inside of Quarr Abbey
  • April – Roger Millward who captured a dog jumping through a field of bluebells
  • May – Christian Beasley for a photo of wild garlic covering the ground at Shorwell Shute
  • June – Debbie Hart for her photo which captured a fox sitting beside an egret
  • July – Ian Pratt who timed his photo just perfectly to catch smoke billowing from a canon at the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes
  • August – Margaret Smith who caught the perfect reflection of Yarmouth Mill in the creek
  • September – Ian Pratt who got very close to a beautiful red squirrel
  • October – Les Lockhart who took a moonlit view of Ventnor beach
  • November – Allan Marsh whose view of the former floating bridge at East Cowes caught the judges’ eye
  • December – Les Lockhart for a snowy and frosty view of the downs 
Winners were invited to a recent event at the John Cheverton Centre to be thanked, and to receive their prizes that included their photograph printed onto a large canvas.
Jodie Wilmott, Retail Area Manager for Earl Mountbatten Hospice, said: “Thanks to both the photographers donating their photos and also the generosity and sponsorship of local businesses and organisations, every penny raised by the sale of our calendar will go directly towards supporting Islanders when they need it most. We are really delighted with the finished product, and we are sure it will be very popular in our shops.”
Nigel Hartley, Chief Executive, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the talent of everyone who sent in a photo and I’d really like to thank each and every one of them for their support. It is such a shame that only 12 photos could be chosen! However, we hope everyone enjoys the wonderful selection that makes up this great calendar.” 
The calendar costs £5 and is available now in our ten hospice shops.

Unable to attend the photo opportunity were Ian Groves, Andrew Sharpe, Debbie Hart and Margaret Smith. Their winning photos are shown below:
Ian Groves - January
Andrew Sharpe - February
Debbie Hart - June
Margaret Smith - August


 "What should have been a very stressful time was eased by the love, professionalism and warmth we received from all the staff." 


Sandra Aldridge, wife of Colin