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The beauty of the Nene Valley captured during lockdown

Published Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Photographers from around the UK captured the beauty of the Nene Valley during the pandemic lockdown this year.

Entries for the Nene Valley Photography Competition 2020 attracted a stunning selection of photographs showcasing the wildlife, culture and heritage of this beautiful location.

With over 130 photographs entered across three categories, the judges had a hard task to agree the winners. Entries spanned the length of the Nene Valley highlighting it as a much-loved destination by many.

The competition was organised by Destination Nene Valley as part of the Nenescape Landscape Partnership, a National Lottery Heritage Funded project to explore the people, heritage and identity of the changing landscape in the Nene Valley. Photographs from the competition with credits to the photographers are featured on the Nene Valley website at

The judging panel was made up from representatives of Destination Nene Valley, East Northamptonshire Council, Nenescape and One to One Development Trust.

Cllr Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council said:

“The range of photographs we received and the talent behind them is incredibly impressive. Picking winners in each category was incredibly difficult, as all the submissions were excellent. The partners look forward to featuring a selection of them on the Nene Valley website for everyone to enjoy”.

The winning entries will receive prizes of vouchers for 1st prize £75, 2nd prize £50, 3rd prize £25.

The winners in each category are:


  • 1st Leslie Ranford - Sunrise at Elton Mill
  • 2nd Frances Guilfoyle - Social Distancing near Hardwater Rd, Wollaston
  • 3rd Carl Everitt - Still Waters Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows

Nature and wildlife

  • 1st Adrian Leybourne - Barn Owl near Wollaston Lock and the River Nene
  • 2nd Joy Tildesley - Grebe Expectations Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows
  • 3rd Wayne Bettles - ‘Move over’ On the strip of water next to the Middle Nene Cruising Club

Resilient Nene during Covid-19

  • 1st Chris Porsz - Artists making murals during Covid – Peterborough underpass, Taveners Rd
  • 2nd Andrew Thomas - Social distancing on the River Nene, Nine Arches Bridge, Thrapston
  • 3rd Jennie Tansley - Fotheringhay delight – Paddle boarding the socially distancing way

For more information about the Nene Valley and to see a gallery including the winning entries please visit