South West CWU members take "first class" summer snaps.

The rise of smartphones means nearly everyone has a camera in their pocket at all times, and its little wonder that there is an increase in interest in digital photography. The CWU in the South West has tapped into this interest by running its own photography competition.

South West CWU winner

CWU Lead ULR and tutor Gavin Hardy explained:

Photography is becoming more popular as a pastime for many people of any ages! Therefore, in 2018, our Branch, Plymouth and East Cornwall Amal decided to stage a local photography competition.”

This is on the back of the national photography competition which has been running for five years, which former Plymouth Mail Centre employee Paul Fine won on two separate occasions.

The competition proved to be a massive success with 19 individuals entering with a very high quality. The competition was judged by a local professional photographer who commented on the fantastic standard of entries, saying “The standard is absolutely first class.” and “It’s been a total joy to judge.”

The title for the competition was Summer Days. The eventual winner was Alec Dybov who works within the Customer Experience team in Plymouth, with his winning photo titled Sparks Flying High.

 Alec has been inspired by photography for a number of years and said:

I dabbled in photography for many years and I’m so pleased with this achievement, It’s amazing!”

Alec went on to say: 

It’s really giving the confidence to carry on taking picture of interesting things and perhaps enter more competitions.”

The other five top finalist with Alec were:

Mel Stewart from Plymouth Mdec, with her photo Dancing in the Twilight. Mel said:

This was taken after a beautiful sunny day at Hayle and my daughter was dancing ballet as the sun began to set, completely unaware that anyone was watching. She’s just lost in the moment.”

Jeni Mattock from Plymouth Customer Experience described her photo, Lazy Summer Colours: 

My photo was taken in July when I was on annual leave we had two very hot weeks and the picture was taken on Porth Minster beach St Ives Cornwall I just liked the multi coloured brightness against the turquoise sea and blue sky.”

Mike Woodley from Plymouth Mail Centre Processing, explained his photo, Butterfly. Mike said:

I take many pictures of butterflies, be it the speckled wood or peacock or something else. Stealth is the secret and a micro zoom. Butterflies do not sit still. A cannon power shot was used.”


Mike Freshwater, from Plymouth Mail Centre Processing described his photo, Morning Glory, Mike said;

The camera I used was a Canon Eos 5d, the lens I used was 70-300 mm lens. The photo was taken on the morning of 26th of May 2018 at 8.05am. It was taken from my bedroom window, I woke up saw it and grabbed my camera which is always nearby. If I was to put a name to the photo I would simply call it, Morning Glory.”

Mike Lavis from Plymouth Mail Centre Distribution, explained his photo Summer Sun. Mike loved taking photos of his adventures away and said: 

I feel so lucky to live in such a great part of the country.”

This overall experience has fuelled my ambition to promote another photography competition within our Branch next year. Moreover, the amount of entry’s and the quality has really surpassed all expectations and I hope this will be matched by the same enthusiasm next year.