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Hundreds of Entries Received for Photography Competition As Judging Begins

A fantastic 370 images have been entered in the Bury St Edmunds and Beyond Photography Competition giving judges the difficult task of choosing the winners for an exhibition over the summer at The Apex Gallery.

The town’s tourism brand Bury St Edmunds and Beyond and The Apex Gallery teamed up to host the competition, sponsored by Jessops, Denny Bros Supplied Ltd, and The Design Office and supported by Iliffe Media, which recognises the wealth of destination-inspired photographic talent in the region - and further afield.

All winning and commended photographs will go on display at a fantastic new exhibition at The Apex Gallery over the summer.  Plus the overall adult winner of the competition will take home a camera worth £350 while the overall child winner will receive a Jessops photography experience worth £125, both courtesy of sponsors Jessops.

Judging will take place on Friday July 12 and winners and runners up will be notified shortly after. 

The judging panel includes: Photographer Tom Soper, Jessops team leader and academy Dave Morrell, photographer and designer Rebecca Austin from The Design Office, Bury Free Press Reporter Kevin Hurst, Managing Director of Denny Bros Supplies Ltd Joy Denny, Marketing and Sales Manager at The Apex Ian Clarke, and Sue Warren, Brand and Marketing Manager of Bury St Edmunds and Beyond.


There were five categories to enter and an adult winner and child winner will be selected from each, plus runners up. There were 36 prizes to win!

Icons – celebrating iconic buildings and architecture in Bury St Edmunds and Beyond

The Abbey of St Edmund – capturing the beauty of the ruins of the Abbey of St Edmund which marks its 1,000th Anniversary in 2020.

Great Outdoors – beautiful parks, gardens and countryside in and around Bury St Edmunds 

Villages – showcasing the rural beauty of villages surrounding Bury St Edmunds 

Night time – exploring Bury St Edmunds and Beyond at night

Sue Warren, Brand and Marketing Manager for Bury St Edmunds and Beyond, said: “We had a fantastic response to the competition from both local residents and visitors to the town and I know the judges are going to have a difficult task ahead of them selecting the winners and runners up from the hundreds of fantastic images entered.”

During the exhibition there will be a people’s vote to find out the public’s overall favourite adult and child entry. People will be able to vote when they visit the exhibition.

Ian Clarke, Marketing & Sales Manager at The Apex said: “We are of course absolutely delighted to have worked alongside Bury St Edmunds and Beyond to present this wonderful exhibition of photography – and the people’s vote will no doubt attract a lot of visitors to the venue throughout the summer period.”

The Bury St Edmunds and Beyond Photography Exhibition at The Apex Gallery will be open from Tuesday August 20 to Sunday September 15 from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and 10-am to 4pm on Sundays. 

West Suffolk Councillor Joanna Rayner, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Community Hubs, said: “Whether it is the abbey, the postcard imagery of our parks and open spaces, our mix of iconic historic and modern architecture, the charm and character of our villages or dazzling images of these places at night, there is so much beauty to catch the eye across West Suffolk. It’s one of the great things about living and working here and I can’t wait to see the chosen images on display at the exhibition.”