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Essex top pics are picked

29 March 2016

What do the peace of Mersea Island, The Red Arrows at Clacton and a fire eater in Maldon all have in common?

They are the subjects which won the top three prizes in the #InstaEssex photography competition, a countywide contest set up to encourage residents and visitors to take photos of what Essex Culture means to them.

First prize winner was Chrissie Westgate, who won £1,000; Second prize (£500) went to Matthew Mallet; and Third Prize (£250) went to David Dodd.  They were chosen from over 100 entries; the shortlisted 15 photographs went on public display on the 24 March at Liverpool Street Station.

“The number, quality and range of entries were tremendous”, said Cllr John Spence, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Finance, with responsibility for Heritage, Culture and the Arts. "All three winners demonstrate the rich diversity of culture which Essex has to offer.  So I am excited both by the strong field and the pictures they have snapped”.

The finalists’ panels will be up at Liverpool Street Station from Thursday, 24 March 2016 until the end of May and at branch line Stations from Saturday, 9 April.

Cllr Norman Hume, Chairman of Essex County Council, said: “I would like to congratulate the winners and thank all those took part in this competition, helping to ensure it was a success. Essex is a colourful and interesting county and the #InstaEssex competition has really highlighted how people see their county.  I hope it inspires people to go out and explore Essex, because it is a wonderful place to live, work and visit.”

The competition was organised by Essex County Council’s Cultural team in partnership with Essex & South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership, Abellio Greater Anglia and Network Rail’s London Liverpool Street Station. It was supported by Thurrock and Southend unitary authorities and the Essex Chronicle newspaper.