Wow Overmonnow Photo Competition

Wow Overmonnow photo competition and exhibition were launched as part of the celebrations for the re-opening of Tŷ Price Community Hall.
We had nearly 80 entries of photos taken in Overmonnow, and most of these are now on display in Tŷ Price.

A panel of three photographers judged the entries. The three are in fact close neighbours living in Overmonnow. Emma Drabble of Drabble and Co and Dylan Borck of Kenaz-24 Photography are professional photographers, and Mary Hopson, a keen amateur, has published a book of photos of Monmouth. Dylan Borck said ‘I was pleased to see such a diverse and creative group of images from all of the competition entries. The thought and effort that went in to the images, especially the winning entries stood out a mile.’

The judges settled on Esther Lacey’s original view of the tree ‘fairy door’ in St Thomas’ Square as the overall winner. Esther explains ‘Overmonnow is particularly important to me because I grew up there. I am lucky enough to know the carpenter who made the original fairy door. Although he chooses to remain anonymous he is pleased that people love his door and the magic that it creates.’

‘Although many people photograph this unique little doorway, most of these shots are taken from a standing position, looking down at it. I decided to lie down in the road to get a low view point, with my son alerting me to any oncoming cars! I was keen to get the new community hall doorway in the background, and then noticed that the other two doorways could also be included in the frame, with a vanishing point perspective.’

Other prize-winners were Nathan Lucas, with a rainy day photo of Drybridge House with puddle reflections; Ivor Kidman showing a toddler enjoying Drybridge Community Pond, and Bill Leddington, with a view over Monmouth taken from the tower of St Thomas’ (featured image on this page).

The winner of the Young Photographer category was 10 year old Madisyn, who entered a different view of the old Monnow Bridge, taken whilst paddling in the river. In addition to the five prize-winning photos, several other photos were given the recognition ‘commended’ or ‘highly commended’.

Prizes were presented at St Thomas’ Fete on Saturday 8th, by judges Dylan Borck and Mary Hopson. Young Photographer winner Madisyn (10) told us she hopes the picture brings smiles to others as it did to her.