Cambridgeshire photograph crowned regional champion of CLA competition

05 February 2019

Fields of Gold photograph

An image of the stunning Cambridgeshire countryside has been selected as the regional winner of a CLA (Country Land and Business Association) photo competition that celebrates rural life.

Over the last 12 months the CLA has received hundreds of stunning images showcasing the iconic landscapes and creatures of England and Wales and telling the stories of the people who live and work in the countryside.

After an incredibly difficult judging process, the CLA’s panel chose a series of champions from regions across England and Wales, as well as an under 18s winner and overall national champion.

The East of England champion is Melissa Riley from Cambridge who submitted a photo titled Fields of Gold that was taken at a farm in Balsham. Melissa has won a midweek Spa Day Pass for Two at Peake Spa at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa in Essex.

Speaking about her winning entry Melissa said:

“I'm absolutely delighted to have won the regional prize. I've been privileged to be able to indulge in my love of landscape photography at farms run by L Samworth and Partners who suggested I enter the competition.

“The nation’s farmers put in a huge amount of hard work to put food on our tables, which often goes unnoticed. I hope I've captured something that celebrates the good times of farming life, and brings a smile to those who work the land, even when things aren’t always going to plan.”

CLA East Regional Director Ben Underwood said:

“Our photo competition aims to showcase the very best that living and working in the countryside has to offer. The East of England has the most beautiful countryside and I am delighted to see Melissa become our regional winner.

“Our judging panel had a tough task as looking at the entries was like opening a vast sack of sweets. Each one was a pleasure to discover. The range and diversity of the photos submitted celebrates the endless variety, beauty and interest that we find in our countryside and rural communities.”

The national winner was an entry called Power Dust by Heather Ross from Birmingham.