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Hospice calendar photography competition winners chosen!

People using services in the hospice’s John Cheverton Centre have chosen the winners of a photography competition, who will have their work showcased in Earl Mountbatten Hospice’s 2018 Calendar.
The search for the winning entries was launched in March, and the response was overwhelming with over 300 entries – all worthy winners in their own right. However, a dozen had to be chosen and after much deliberation, a shortlist of 24 was drawn up, thanks to the support of Isle of Wight County Press Editor, Alan Marriott, and local photographer Peter Billington.

The final 12 images were then chosen by five people using hospice services, including Jean Wheeldon, of Carisbrooke, pictured left, who said:

“The photos touch so many chords and bring back lots of happy memories for me, of walking on the Island.”

Fellow judge John Tuskin, of Sandown, pictured below, commented: “They are very colourful and eye-catching; it’s wonderful what you can do with a camera!” 

The winners were chosen as follows:
  • 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 will receive ten copies of the 2018 calendar and their photograph printed onto a canvas. Once published, the calendar will be sold in the ten hospice shops across the Isle of Wight, raising funds to support and care for Islanders when they need it most.  

Jodie Wilmott, Retail Area Manager for Earl Mountbatten Hospice, said:

We have been overwhelmed by the quality of the images we have received. It’s a shame that only 12 could be chosen, as there was a huge amount of talent across the board. I’d like to thank everyone who submitted photos, and we look forward to seeing the final version when it is ready for sale in our ten hospice shops later in the year.


"They look after you and they're so caring. I'm not frightened of dying."


Chrissie Fenton, patient