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Glorious land, sea and cityscapes; snatches of life at home and away; interesting angles, thought-provoking shots and swathes of serene animals. We've loved looking through your entries to this month's Slow Moments competition, and with almost 400 submissions, it wasn't easy choosing just one winner.
However, our judges have now assembled, and we can reveal which entry they settled upon as 'Moment of the Month' for June 2020...
The winner & other highly-commended entries
WINNER: Louise Waldron, 'Reflections of Lucca'
Beautiful buildings surrounding the Piazza Anfiteatro reflecting their warm yellow hue in the rain puddles on the ground. Always remember to look down as well as up!
RUNNER-UP: Karan Tuxford, 'Magic Morning'
It had snowed the night before and we really couldn't wait to start our walk but then, we saw this peaceful and perfect scene. The seat invites you to sit and hold on to this moment forever.
RUNNER-UP: Steve Lee, 'Better Tomorrow'
Sometimes, after a day thrashing you, the weather says “sorry” at sunset.
Alison Ryan, 'The pier'
I truly love this photo. My son, then 7, is autistic and very rarely left my side at this point but he walked off with his grandmother and I wanted to keep this image imprinted forever.
Paul Wynn, 'Slowly does it!'
I spotted this car attempting an “impossible” manoeuvre in one of the alleyways of Ravello. Fortunately, the driver must have practised it many times as both the car and buildings escaped unscathed.
Nick Ward, 'Gran Canaria'
After a long walk, a wonderful moment enjoying the view. Looking back over the valley to re-trace our steps past Roques Bentayga and Nublo, with Mount Teide on neighbouring Tenerife in the distance.
Jenny Meers, 'Gliding effortlessly'
I came across this beautiful swan on the lake in Worcester College, Oxford, just before 'lockdown' in March 2020; little did we know what we were all gliding into!
Angus Laing, 'Roaming in the gloaming!'
Walkers enjoying the late evening sun in the park at the Royal Palace of Linlithgow (birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots).
Claire Hennighan, 'Peace'
In all the madness of a pandemic, the lockdown, the loss and the loneliness, I came here for a state-sanctioned hour of exercise. I found peace, beauty and stillness, and felt glad to be alive.
What the judges said...
"There were some spectacular images within the selection this month, but for us it was very important that each picture represented a 'moment', and that this was reflected in the accompanying caption.
One of the reasons we chose Louise Waldron's entry, 'Reflections of Lucca', as our winner was that it displayed the kind of detail you only get to see when you take the time to really engage with your surroundings – from a variety of angles. It also seemed especially appropriate at the moment, with the world somewhat turned on its head.
The two runners-up, Karan Tuxford and Steve Lee, each provided entries that were engaging in different ways. Karan's image, 'Magic Morning', is beautiful, but with plenty of movement and detail to hold the attention. Steve's 'Better Tomorrow', meanwhile, led us to have a Slow Moment of our own, as we tried to look beyond the raindrops and work out what the mysterious shapes on the horizon might be!"
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