Tiago Pereira is the ‘Judges’ Choice’ winner of this year’s Felixstowe Photo Competition. Read on to see his winning photograph – and how winning has given him the confidence to pursue his hobby further
Tiago Pereira says his winning photograph in this year’s Felixstowe Photo Competition isn’t perfect. Whether perfect or not, the married father to two young sons has won, with his dramatic shot of Cobbold’s Point. This year’s Felixstowe Photo Competition, which is organised and supported by Visit Felixstowe, Felixstowe Town Council and the Landguard Partnership, attracted just under 100 entries from all ages (9 to 81 years) and abilities, over three different themes: Architecture, Seashore and Young Photographer.
Following an online public vote, the top eight photos were selected – four from each of the Architecture and Seashore themes. Together with the seven Young Photographer photos, a panel of judges, including the Mayor of Felixstowe, then selected the overall “Judge’s Choice” Winner – Tiago had entered the Seashore category.
Tiago says of winning: ‘I was quite surprised – and thrilled – to hear that I had been picked as the overall Judge’s Choice for the competition. I’ve been into photography for a long time, so when my wife got me a camera for my birthday, I thought I’d finally put all the theory I knew into practice. It’s not a perfect photo but I am glad that others appreciate it! More than anything, winning the competition has given me confidence to continue pursuing this hobby and the desire to explore more of the beauty that Suffolk has to offer.’
The Junior Project Manager at a local Energy Supplier in Ipswich adds: ‘Something that I love about Felixstowe is that, although it isn’t a very large town, it has a wide variety of terrain and environments, as well as some really interesting landmarks. As someone who is still a beginner in photography, I like to see pictures that other photographers have taken in Felixstowe and then going to the same location and adding my own touch to it.
‘Seeing all the different opportunities for photography in Felixstowe has also opened my eyes to other beautiful sights that Suffolk has to offer.’
Councillor Mark Jepson, Mayor of Felixstowe says: ‘Once again this year’s entries have been outstanding and really show the rich variety of landmarks and attractions of our seaside town. Congratulations to Tiago, and we would also like to thank everyone else who took the time to enter this year’s competition.’
You can check out the Felixstowe Photo Competition 2021 – Gallery online now at www.visitfelixstowe.org.uk