Announcing our 2017 Slow Moments Winner! Lauren Thackray Puente | Posted: 04 December 2017

Our Slow Moments photography competition, now in its third year, asked you to share your favourite Slow Moment, captured in an evocative image and described in no more than 40 words.

We received hundreds of entries, photographed in places right across the globe, and 16 of these featured in the Slow Moments Gallery at our Discovery Day in Cheltenham on Saturday 2 December. The gallery included all seven ‘Photos of the Month’ (from April to October), plus several other highly rated entries, chosen by Jo Rose and the team at Joe Cornish Galleries in North Yorkshire.



The overall winner was selected by Tim Parkin, Editor of On Landscape magazine, and Steve Jack, Inntravel’s Communications Manager. The prize is a fabulous 7-night Inntravel holiday-cum-photographic assignment to Catalonia – a week-long self-drive journey In Search of Dalí. This fabulous new holiday explores the beautiful landscapes of eastern Catalonia, as well as focussing on places that have particularly strong connections with the celebrated Surrealist painter, Salvador Dalí.
 
It was certainly a tough choice, but our judges selected two highly commended runners-up, and – after much deliberation – one worthy winner:

‘Bus queue’ was taken by David Pechey in Galle, Sri Lanka, and shows an ordinary moment (boys waiting for their bus home) captured in such a way that renders it truly extraordinary. This was the very essence of Slow, and judge Tim Parkin commented: "With its blank canvas background and almost choreographed stances, this winning image by David Pechey shows that it helps to have fast reactions if you want to capture Slow moments."

On hearing the news David told us: "That’s just the absolute best news - ever (photographically speaking in case my wife and children read this!). I’m still shaking with excitement. I didn’t really think my Bus Queue was in with a shout, even though I have liked it from the moment I clicked the shutter in Galle last April. But no complaints from me! I can celebrate with a glass of wine - I’ll check to see it’s a decent Spanish Tempranillo from Catalunya in honour of the wonderful prize."

Of the two highly commended runners-up, our first (and a very close one at that) is Paul Wynn , whose marvellous photo, entitled ‘Baboons have Slow moments too!’, was taken in Botswana’s Chobe National Park. This, the judges felt, is just a magical photograph with beautiful composition, with the two animals, apparently in deep conversation, silhouetted against the rising sun:




Our second runner-up is Norman Price , whose picture, ‘The square in the round', taken of a horn player and the reflection from his instrument in Helsinki’s Senate Square, managed to evoke a relaxed, sunny scene in both a clever and unusual way. As Norman commented on finding out the news: “Close, but no cigar. I'll try again next year!”



So our congratulations to David, our 2017 Slow Moments competition winner. As it happens, he has already booked an Inntravel Northern Lights Break to Tromsø in January, so we hope he will be able to use his photographic talents to good effect in capturing the Aurora, while also anticipating his prize trip to Catalonia later in the year.
 
Our thanks also go the Catalan Tourist Board, for generously contributing to such a great prize. And we would like to thank and congratulate everyone who entered photos during 2017, making this year’s Slow Moments competition such a great one.

A SPECIAL EXHIBITION IN JANUARY
Looking ahead, all 16 images that comprised our Slow Moments Gallery at Discovery Day will also be featured in a special exhibition, to be held at the wonderful Joe Cornish Galleries in Northallerton (North Yorkshire) from Saturday 13 January 2018. The exhibition will run for four weeks (ending on 10 February), and there will be a special launch event during the Saturday afternoon. Look out for more details of this online, and do come along if you are in the area on 13 January: this will be a further opportunity to see these superb pictures, displayed in a wonderful setting amid good company.
 
Look out for a new competition – with another great prize – for 2018!

Further Information

Slow Moments Competition

This year's competition is now closed. Details of our 2018 Moments Competition, including the prize, will be announced in March. Watch this space...

See all the 2017 finalists here >


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