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Morecambe Sparkle CIC, organisers of the recent Baylight ‘23 light art festival in Morecambe have announced the winners of their photography competition which invited visitors of the event to submit their best photos via social media.

The competition attracted over 100 entries, but judges have selected two lucky winners to receive some very special prizes. Judges County Councillor Charlie Edwards and local photographer and Morecambe Sparkle Committee member Johnny Bean chose a beautiful picture of a silhouetted couple kissing in front of Chris Plant’s artwork “Harmonic Portal” by Jamie-Lee Buttershaw as their overall favourite. Jamie posted his image on his Instagram account @altfocus_photography.

Photo by Jamie-Lee Buttershaw

The second place winning spot went to Caroline Smith of Lancaster, whose playful image of her dog Squeal posing in pyjamas under one of the OGE Groups “Angels of Freedom” charmed.

Photo by Caroline Smith

Jamie wins a hospitality package for 4 people at a Morecambe FC EFL League 1 game this season worth over £300, donated by Morecambe FC and Caroline wins a £50 meal/drinks voucher for The Morecambe Hotel.

Highly Commended

The judges were highly impressed by the quality of entries and also picked out several other photos for special commendation. “Highly Commended” plaudits went out to:

Liz Withey, for her shot of children engaging with “Illumaphonium” by Michael Davis

Photo by Liz Withey

Hannah Tattersall for her collage of brightly coloured “Angels of Freedom”

Photo by Hannah Tattersall

Tarnia Elsworth for her abstract image of Tom Lambert’s “Portal of Reflection”

Photo by Tarnia Elsworth

Jamie-Lee Buttershaw for his image of a solitary young figure engrossed in Juan Fuentes’ “Kinetic Perspective”

Photo By Jamie-Lee Buttershaw

Spencer Ross for his mesmerising image of the same artwork

Photo By Spencer Ross

and Keith Stanley for his creative shot of “Aqualux” by Philip Holmes.

Photo by Keith Stanley

Baylight ‘23 took place in Morecambe over 3 nights in February 2023, attracting thousands of visitors from around the UK. The event was funded from the Lancashire Economic Recovery and Growth fund by Lancashire County Council, with additional funding from Morecambe Town council, Morecambe BID and with support from Lancaster City Council. Baylight will return in 2024.