Picture perfect! We announce our calendar competition winners…

We are very excited to announce the winners of the Children North East fundraising calendar photography competition!  

We were blown away by the number of people sharing their favourite snaps, receiving over 240 entries in response to our call out for pictures capturing Northern landscapes, landmarks and wildlife. From Farne Island puffins to scenes of North Sea beaches, we’ve enjoyed a wonderful and diverse collection of images representing our region, shared by amateur and professional photographers alike. 

It was an incredibly difficult job choosing just 13 winners from the piles of pics, and we were happy to delegate the job to our crack team of judges. The FAB (Fantastic and Brilliant) Group, a group formed by young people with disabilities who meet at our Young People Services, were joined by our Chief Executive, Leigh Elliott; Denise Wray, Partnership and Community Coordinator at John Lewis & Partners; and photographer James Fortune. 

Norma McKellar is our overall competition winner, taking the top spot with a vibrant picture of Newcastle’s Quayside at dusk. Robert Kenny took the runner up spot with a stunning picture of a Roe Buck in lush fields. Norma wins a £100 John Lewis voucher and Robert a £30 voucher, both donated by the Eldon Square store.  

This year was the first time we have run a competition of this kind, and it looks unlikely to be the last. Judge Denise Wray commented, “An amazing set of images making it really difficult to choose! Whatever the result, this will be such a stunning calendar to mark the anniversary year.” 

You can pre-order your copy of the calendar on our shop now. 

Our team would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in the competition and a massive well done to our winners… we hope you join again next year!  

View our gallery of winning images below: 

Tyne Making Waves, Norma McKellar 

Roe Buck Six Points, Robert Kenny 

Snowy Angel of the North, Emma Youd 

Tynemouth Lighthouse, Paul Turner 

Raby Castle, David Dodds 

Jesmond Dene, Duncan Poole 

Coast, Kelly Paterson 

Bella on the Dunes, John Hartshorne 

Farne Islands Puffin, Heather Parr 

St Mary’s Lighthouse, David Bennett 

After the Rain Washington, Sheila Brunger 

Cheviot Hills from Hownam Law, Mark Keville

Snowy Mill Jesmond, John Field