My Slow Moment 2018

What’s your perfect Slow Moment? We asked you to take a photo, put pen to paper, or record a short video and share it with us for the chance to win a holiday to the fascinating shores of one of Europe's largest and most scenic lakes, Lake Constance.

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We are delighted that all of the monthly winners, plus a selection of highly commended entries will be displayed at the Joe Cornish Gallery in North Yorkshire in January 2019.

Below are our six monthly winners and a selection of each month's highly commended entries. You can also see October's winner and the highly commended entries from October.
Our competition has now closed. Thanks for all your wonderful entries.

MY SLOW MOMENT ENTRIES, Winners and Runners up 2018:

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Intermittent bells heralded his arrival. Out of the pink dawn mist, its tendrils curling around his silhouette, he emerged from amongst the grey rocks. Goats nibbled pungent alpine herbs selectively as they approached us. Like a bearded biblical prophet he rested on his stick to greet us. Aeons of grief and toil were etched on his furrowed face: 'German?' he asked. 'No, English.' It was the right answer.

Valerie Henstock

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As time goes on , I no longer rush but can't forget being in that race. Then, my slow memory, it recalls all the things I've done in haste. In life we have slow moments, when our memories flood our thoughts. They fill us with a happy calm, the way that memories ought. We never see them arriving, those thoughts from days gone by. They quickly creep upon us, sent from a cloudless sky. The sunlight on my garden chair brings thoughts that fill my brain. Memories, old, of days gone by, of lovers down a country lane. Memories of our life we shared, memories through thick and thin. Some were good and some were bad but now they all mix in. Today our lives would be as nought without memories in slow time, and all those things we think about, precious things that make life rhyme.

Dick Heath

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Sleep eludes me; I sit in a soft cushioned chair by the window, enjoying the soft dawn light, sipping my tea. My mind drifts. I realise I am not alone, three fox cubs are playing in silence on the lawn. I keep very still and watch them frolic: tumbling, skipping, jumping - so innocent of the slumbering city around them. The mother fox raises her head and suddenly they are slinking away along the dark roots of the hedge and I am left with a treasure, a brief insight into their secret world.

Jessie Newitt

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Allan Harris October Winner U Bein bridge sunset A very touristy thing to do, watching the sunset over this old teak bridge but we sat quietly in our boat as the light changed and people walked across the bridge, some as tourists but many locals. Mandalay Myanmar
Jackie Matthews September Winner Blue is cool for cats Caught this image whilst strolling through the oh so blue city of Chefchaouen. Chefchaouen Morocco
Roger Lane August Winner Fisherman I had been walking the Loing in the footsteps of the impressionist painter Alfred Sisley. I sat and watched this fisherman quietly enjoying his time. He also provided me with a scene I'm sure Sisley would have painted. Moret-sur-Loing France
Paul Herbert July Winner Waiting for the tide I was on a low water walk to Icho Tower with the Jersey National Trust when I spotted a boat owner patiently waiting for the tide to rise in order to get back to shore. Icho Tower, Jersey Jersey
Vidette Wong June Winner A Parisian Sunset The warm radiance bathed the city with a reassuring glow, the ambient chatter creating a comforting hum in the air as we immersed ourselves in the beauty of the simple sunset. Paris France
Cathy Cooper May Winner Tom and Renato I’d spent a wet morning following the horses as they pulled the heavy grass cutters over the verges of Ham Avenues.We stopped for lunch and then I spotted Tom and Renato having a quiet moment, relaxing under the trees. Ham, Surrey United Kingdom
Brian MacDonald Highly commended Pedal Power Slow travel for some - no travel for others - in front of the Louvre. Paris France
Chris Hunt Highly commended Silver Tree A walk through the plantation on a foggy, showery day was restful and quiet. My attention was drawn to a silver, slender sapling . The bright bark and upright stance was also quiet in its own way. It sparkled at me. Isle of Man United Kingdom
Elizabeth Rhodes Highly commended The Whisper Walking along the lake front at the Swiss resort of Montreux I spotted this group enjoying the sunshine. Lake Geneva, Montreux Switzerland
Jacob Goldberg Highly commended Surprise encounter On the way to the summit of Pico Moro these crag dwellers startled us. They seemed to float in the sky above the deep valleys below. Collia Spain
Jane Law Highly commended Academia Joao III gazes down on a group of today's students at the university he founded in 1537 Coimbra Portugal
Andrew Locking Highly commended Les Pêcheurs Louhans France
Elizabeth Rhodes Highly commended Sitting in the Sun It was the first really warm day of the year back in April and I saw this couple just enjoying the warm sunshine on the beach at South Shields. South Shields United Kingdom
Brian MacDonald Highly commended Before the Stars The winds calmed, the clouds let go, and the world seemed to let out one giant exhale. And then Mars at the horizon, and later, innumerable stars, revealing themselves above a vast wilderness. Temagami Canada
Brenda Melaniphy Highly commended Date Night A local Venetian couple having a relaxing stroll, going about their day in a quiet part of Venice. Venice Italy
Charlotte Hall Highly commended Watching Nature Capturing this scene of a mother and daughter ‘taking a slower moment’ together enjoying the harmony of the sights, sounds and smells of the natural entertainment in front of them. Reading, Berkshire England
Pam Crawford Highly commended Chilled out sea otter Seward USA
Christine Roe Highly commended Low Tide, Penmon Accompanied by the eerie clanging of the lighthouse bell, I took pictures for around half an hour, becoming totally absorbed, before the tide began to creep back in, claiming the rockpool and shoreline for itself. Penmon, Anglesey Wales
Jacob Goldberg Highly commended Along ancient paths Berchules Spain
John Arnold Highly commended Party is over A lone strand of fallen, forgotten flowers, remnants from the Félibrée festival that ended the previous month, dancing slowly in the door of the 12th century abbey. Saint Cyprien France
Norman Price Highly commended Looks are everything This is a nun. She doesn't speak a word of English, and Netty has no Khmer. Yet they seem to be able to communicate, with their eyes, that they are happy to be in each other's company. Angkor Wat Cambodia
@tregurthabird Highly commended #MyPerfectSlowMoment Last night I just needed some quiet time on my own. So I went off down the lane, in the evening sun, looking for some wild growing flowers! UK Down the lane
Cathy Cooper Highly commended Helping Daddy Trekking through villages in Nepal shouldn’t be a route march. Stop and engage with the local people. I found this father and daughter shelling beans outside their house in the sunshine. It was a sweet moment of family unity. Lumle Nepal
Stephen Trimble Highly commended Palomino at home I photographed this friendly sheepdog in the Pyrenees on his doorstep. Then he came along walking with us for two days. He did this often, we learned, and his name was Palomino. This sweet attentive dog totally charmed us. Mollo, Alta Garrotxa Spain
Nicola Craine Highly commended Grand entrance to a humble abode I don't recall why or when, but it's become a tradition of ours to keep an eye out for 'Gates of Pointlessness' while out and about on two feet or two wheels. This one's an absolute classic! Maschito, Basilicata Italy
Norman Price Highly commended Mother Goose Canada geese with their goslings from very low. Mount Edgcumbe Park Cornwall England
@lizm1tch Highly commended Gone fishing #MyPerfectSlowMoment wandering around Bembridge harbour and spotting this fisherman on his small boat framed by the colourful moored boats in the harbour. Instagram entry Bembridge UK
Sue Thompson Highly commended Time to wonder Kayaking in the stillness of a summer's morning. No rush, no agenda, just time to sit and take in the utter silence and the beauty of the scene. A blissful moment! Summer Isles, Scotland Scotland