THEY’RE the happy snappers who definitely have an eye for the perfect picture.
Basil Parylo, Leanne Ballance and Neil Vary were today named as the winners of the Leeds Community Foundation (LCF) charity’s inaugural My Leeds in Focus photography competition.
They were among nearly 300 people who submitted photos that could be old or new and of any subject, as long as they were taken in the LS postcode area.
Basil, 46, from Bingley, won the competition’s over-16s category with a picture of the indoor hall at Leeds Kirkgate Market.
Former South Leeds Academy pupil Leanne, from Belle Isle, secured top spot in the under-16s category with another photo taken at the market, showing a worker on its Mr Meats stall.
Neil, 41, from Pudsey, was named the contest’s People’s Choice winner – picked by Yorkshire Evening Post readers as part of our Love Leeds campaign – thanks to his shot of Leeds Dock.
He told the YEP: “I only really took up photography as a hobby last year so I’m really pleased to have won.”
The winning images together with seven other shortlisted entries will go on display at Nation of Shopkeepers Window of Opportunity as part of next month’s Light Night cultural celebration in Leeds.
LCF donor development officer Gail Lewis said: “We have been overwhelmed by the response to our inaugural community photography competition – we had 289 entries in all – and it was a tough call for the judging panel!
“We love the range of the shortlisted entries.
“We are really excited to see the top 10 shortlisted images projected as part of this year’s Light Night at Nation of Shopkeepers Window of Opportunity and we look forward to reopening the competition for entries next year.
“Massive congratulations to all the winners and a big thanks to everyone who took part!”
Shortlisted entrants were Jonathan Straight, David Enyori, Helen Maycock, Andrew Johnson, Nika Kapustina, Anestis Saraliotis and Andrew Ramsay.
The judging panel for the over and under-16s categories included the YEP’s Gerard Binks and professional Leeds photographers Jonathan Turner and Peter Mitchell.