Winners of Photography Competition

The winners of the Bury St Edmunds and Beyond Photography Competition have been announced at an event to mark the opening of an exhibition featuring all of the finalists.

The town’s tourism brand Bury St Edmunds and Beyond and The Apex Gallery teamed up to host the competition which recognises the wealth of destination-inspired photographic talent in the region - and further afield. The competition and exhibition are sponsored by Jessops, Denny Bros Supplies Ltd, Sodexo Prestige and The Design Office with support from Tom Soper Photography and media partners Iliffe Media.

All winning and commended photographs will go on display at a fantastic new free entry exhibition at the town’s only public art gallery at The Apex Gallery from Wednesday August 21 to Sunday September 15. 

The overall adult winner of the competition is Rebecca Moon, from Clitheroe in Lancashire, for her entry ‘St Edmundsbury’s Glory’ which features the stunning ceiling of St Edmundsbury Cathedral. Rebecca has won a camera worth £350, courtesy of Jessops.

St Edmundsbury's Glory - Rebecca Moon

Highly commended were Simon Bendall, from Bury St Edmunds, for ‘Pakenham Windmill At Dusk’ and Andrea Gillies, from Bury St Edmunds, for ‘Rosie’s Tea Party’.

The overall youth winner of the competition is Harry Frost-Smith, 14, from Bury St Edmunds, for his striking entry ‘Rush Hour’ which features the A14 and the iconic Sugar Beet Factory at night. Harry has won a Jessops photography experience worth £125.

Rush Hour - Harry Frost-Smith

Highly commended were Scott Taylor, 17, from Elmswell, for ‘Ickworth At Dusk’ and Isabelle Lock, 13, from Newmarket, for ‘Best House in the Village’.

There were also winners of 5 categories:

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.

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

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, the town’s tourism brand, said: “We have been really delighted and surprised by the number of entries to the competition which have come from a mixture of residents and visitors. It was such a high standard of entry that it was very difficult for the judges to choose the winners and highly commended. 

“All of the winners showed great skills in their photography in terms of the skills needed to capture their shot and composition, in particular the finalists in the night time category as night time shots are particularly difficult to get right, and all interpreted the categories for the competition very well.”

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

The Bury St Edmunds and Beyond Photography Exhibition at The Apex Gallery will be open from Wednesday 21 August 20 to Sunday September 15 from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and 10-am to 4pm on Sundays. 

Cllr Joanna Rayner, West Suffolk Council Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the success of the competition.  We had a tremendous 383 entries across adults and under 18s and we are very much looking forward to hosting the exhibition with the shortlisted photographs here at The Apex until September 15.”

For more information on the exhibition visit 

To see more of the winning and highly commended photos visit the Bury St Edmunds and Beyond instagram pagen where we will be sharing all of the photos in the exhibition over the next week.

Winners and Highly Commended

Overall Competition Winners  

Overall Youth Winner - Harry Frost-Smith, aged 14, from Bury St Edmunds - Rush Hour 

Highly Commended Youth - Scott Taylor, aged 17, from Elmswell, Bury St Edmunds - Ickworth at Dusk 

Highly Commended Youth - Isabelle Lock, aged 13, from Newmarket - Best House in the Village 

Overall Adult Winner - Rebecca Moon, from Clitheroe, Lancashire - St Edmundsbury's Glory 

Highly Commended Adult - Simon Bendall, from Bury St Edmunds - Pakenham Windmill at Dusk 

Highly Commended Adult - Andrea Gillies, from Bury St Edmunds - Rosie's Tea Party 

Abbey of St Edmund  

Youth Winner - Sophie Lumley, aged 10, from Stanton, Bury St Edmunds - Past, Present and Future 

Past, Present and Future - Sophie Lumley

Highly Commended Youth - Amelia Davis, aged 16, from Melton - One Thousand Years 

Highly Commended Youth - Angel Page, aged 15 from Bury St Edmunds - Wolf Trail 

Adult Winner - David Palmer, from Ipswich - Cathedral and Abbey 

Cathedral and Abbey - David Palmer

Highly Commended Adult - Joe Taylor, from Bury St Edmunds - Abbey Gate 

Highly Commended Adult - Ben Banks, from Thurston, Bury St Edmunds - Remains of the Past 


Youth Winner - Scott Taylor, aged 17, from Elmswell, Bury St Edmunds - Ickworth at Dusk 

Ickworth at Dusk - Scott Taylor

Highly Commended Youth - Amelia Davis, aged 16 from Melton - 1149 

Highly Commended Youth - Freya Taylor, aged 15, from Barrow, Bury St Edmunds - Cathedral at Night 

Adult Winner - Rebecca Moon, from Clitheroe, Lancashire - St Edmundsbury's Glory  

Highly Commended Adult - Aden Lewis Walker, from Bury St Edmunds - Eye of The Wolf   

Highly Commended Adult - Matthew Parker, from Gt Barton, Bury St Edmunds - Sugar Town  

Highly Commended Adult - Michael Brown, from Thetford - St Edmundsbury Cathedral 


Youth Winner - Samantha Penman, aged 16, from Lowestoft - Forest, Framework and Fog 

Forest, Framework and Fog - Samantha Penman

Highly Commended Youth - Isabelle Lock, aged 13, from Newmarket - What You looking At 

Highly Commended Youth - Noah Lumley, aged 12, from Stanton, Bury St Edmunds - Snowflakes On Glass - The Beast From The East Comes To Stanton… 

Adult Winner - Andrea Gillies, from Bury St Edmunds - Rosie's Tea Party   

Rosie's Tea Party - Andrea Gillies

Highly Commended Adult - Lisa Verrinder, from Ely -  Suffolk Poppies at Sunset 

Highly Commended Adult - Ryszard Ochotny, from Nerwmarket - Sunset at Culford Park 

Night Time  

Youth Winner - Harry Frost-Smith, aged 14, from Bury St Edmunds - Rush Hour 

Highly Commended Youth - Angel Page, aged 15 from Bury St Edmunds - Fun Fair Fun 

Highly Commended Youth - Isabelle Lock, aged 13, from Newmarket - Christmas is Coming 

Adult Winner - John Goffin, from Bury St Edmunds - The Christmas Market  

The Christmas Market - John Goffin

Highly Commended Adult - Claire Haskins, from Newmarket - Alternative night life of Bury 

Highly Commended Adult - Justin Ward, from Bury St Edmunds - Holy Trinity Church - Long Melford 


Youth Winner - Isabelle Lock, aged 13, from Newmarket - Best House in the Village 

Best House in the Village - Isabelle Lock

Highly Commended Youth - Ellie Hudson, aged 13, from Bury St Edmunds - Follow The Leader 

Highly Commended Youth - Sophie Griggs, aged 11, from Walsham le Willows - Norton Church 

Adult Winner Simon Bendall, from Bury St Edmunds - Pakenham Windmill at Dusk  

Pakenham Windmill at Dusk - Simon Bendall

Highly Commended Adult - John Goffin, from Bury St Edmunds - Kersey 

Highly Commended Adult - Ben Banks, from Thurston, Bury St Edmunds - Thurston and Beyond