The winner of pump and pumping system solutions provider, Wilo UK’s, annual nationwide photographic competition – entitled ‘We love water’ has been named.
Reading-based Adela Nistora entered her photograph taken at Jeppe Hein’s interactive fountain in London on a lovely summer day back in 2011. She said: “It’s my favourite place in the city. There are no rules, walls of water appear and disappear, you get wet or avoid getting wet.”
Entrants included everyone from plumbers and heating engineers to aspiring photographers and their entries have been featured on Twitter, Facebook, on e-shots and in online and local exhibitions. Second place went to Jon Brook for his shot of Ribblehead viaduct framed by a rainbow and third place went to Marlon Cole for his shot of mountains framing and reflected in a silent lake in the Highlands.
Adela wins the first prize of £1,000 worth of photographic vouchers to spend on camera equipment and will see her photograph in the 2015 Wilo loves water calendar – a limited edition calendar produced for Wilo’s major customers and contacts and for senior management across the Wilo group, which is based in Dortmund, in Germany.
Wilo UK marketing manager, Lisa Blakemore, said: “We had more than 500 excellent entries this year and coming up with just 12 to feature in the calendar was very difficult – but deciding on the outright winner was actually more simple. There were three or four that everyone seemed to pick out as the ‘cream of the cream’ – so it was simply a case of deciding which of those got the top award. As always in competitions like these that rely on the opinion of the judges, those selected for second and third prizes were very unlucky as many of those involved in the selection process had these as the winners, but at the end of the day when the votes were counted the winner was the winner by a clear margin.
“We’ve seen major growth in entries – both in quantity and quality – so we’re very optimistic that next year we will be seeing even more interest in the competition. It’s been quite humbling to see the quality of work submitted by those taking part this year – there are some quite amazing photographers out there willing to compete for this award – long may it continue.”
A selection of the entries – including those selected for the calendar – can be seen on the Wilo UK website.