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Environmental Photographer of the Year 2013 Exhibition

ENVIRONMENTAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR EXHIBITION SET TO STUN LAKE DISTRICT VISITORS

Having received wide acclaim at the Royal Geographical Society in London, the Environmental Photographer of the Year 2013 exhibition comes to Grizedale Forest in the heart of Cumbria’s Lake District.

The annual competition has become an international showcase for the very best in environmental photography and video, honouring amateurs and professionals of all ages.

The exhibition features over 100 astonishing images by international photographers who narrate a poignant story about the fragility of our planet, the pressures on land and resources and the people who are pushed ever closer to the margins by the persistent drive of globalization. Compiled from the very best of 3000+ entries, the exhibition aims to enhance our understanding of the causes, consequences and solutions to climate change and social inequality.

Italian photographer Michele Palazzi was awarded the Environmental Photographer of the Year Award 2013 for his image entitled ‘Gone with the Dust #02’ . Palazzi, who is from Rome, was awarded £5,000 by CIWEM’s President, Paul Hillman, at a private awards ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society on 9 April 2013. His striking and emotive prize-winning image shows a young boy and his sister during a sand storm in the Gobi Desert, Mongolia.

The Young Environmental Photographer of the Year (under 18) Award of £1,000, was awarded to Eleanor Bennett who has two works selected for exhibition, ‘Travelling Through’ and ‘Car Damage’. Bennett who is 17 years old is from Stockport, Greater Manchester.

Eleanor Bennett says, ‘I look everywhere for inspiration. To some I may seem comical in my endless tourist-like search for new sights. I was born in Stockport and have lived in Northern England all my life. I feel lucky that I have the time to look to the skies whilst the majority are just looking towards their next pay cheque.’

This year saw a major new partnership with Atkins, one of the world’s leading engineering and design consultancies who are supporting the competition and exhibition.

CIWEM Executive Director, Nick Reeves OBE says, ‘These photographs and videos are some of the most powerful images anyone will ever see. They tell a breathtaking and compelling range of stories on the environment and on the condition in which we live. Shock and awe, beauty and despair – it’s all there.’

Forestry Commission England, Arts Development Assistant, Antony Mottershead says, ‘We are very excited to be hosting such a prestigious exhibition at Grizedale Forest and make these thought provoking photographs visible to an entirely new audience. The photographs bring the ‘edges’ into startlingly clear view but also celebrate the character and resilience of extraordinary people and places around the world’.

Competition judge Dr David Haley HonFCIWEM says, ‘The final selection makes a very strong show with powerful rhythms in the groupings of images. And what emerges from those selected and the many excellent photographs that were not, is the despair, the joy and the passion of such a diverse understanding of our relationship to environment.’

This powerful and thought provoking exhibition of outstanding environmental, social photographs by international photographers and filmmakers will be on display at Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre, Forestry Commission England, in Cumbria from 25 May – 1 September 2013.

For further information visit – http://www.forestry.gov.uk/grizedale

Lake District in Cumbria ranks as third most popular UK ‘staycation’ hotspot

The Lake District is the third most popular domestic holiday hotspot for UK residents, new figures have shown.

Despite the dismal weather and tight household budgets, 2013 is going to be a record year for the ‘staycation’ trend as 65 per cent of Britons opt to take their summer holiday at home this year.

The holiday report reveals that the Lake District, which came second last year, ranked third behind London and Edinburgh.

For the first time in five years, Cornwall has lost its crown as the nation’s top ‘staycation’ destination and dropped to fourth.

The figures show a significant increase on the past two years, when 41 per cent and 35 per cent of Britons respectively took a domestic break.

With the average trip costing Britons £399.28 this year – a £34.19 reduction from last year – it is estimated this investment will boost the UK tourism industry by £12bn – up £3.3bn from last year.

The findings have been revealed in a new holiday index by Travelodge.

The hotel chain’s fifth annual holiday report surveyed 3,000 British adults to investigate their summer holiday intentions.

It revealed that 42 per cent of these people are taking a week’s holiday in the UK this summer, 15 per cent are indulging in a two-week break on British shores, and a third are splitting their holidays over three short domestic breaks so they can visit a series of locations.

Grant Hearn, Travelodge CEO said: “The ‘staycation’ trend accelerating to record levels and boosting our economy by £12bn this year is a very welcome sign, and hopefully this is the start of our 2012 Olympics legacy gain.

“During 2012, our capital city was showcased in its true glory to all corners of the UK and the world, and it’s a great result that London has been crowned as the top ‘staycation’ destination for 2013.

“However we cannot rest on our laurels, as one of Britain’s biggest business sectors, the opportunity to grow is still great.

“We are not yet near to unlocking the true potential of our industry.”

The Hyning Estate – Opening Lauch 8th March

The Hyning Estate Development

These properties have been entered into Grand Design’s annual award for 2013

The Carriage House       Sleeps 2/4

The Bake House            Sleeps 2/4

The Tack Barn               Sleeps 2/4

The Old Forge               Sleeps 4/6

The Granary                   Sleeps 4/6

The Old Farmhouse       Sleeps 6/8

This weekend we will see the first of many bookings for The Hyning Estate. This eco-friendly 5* development provides guests with everything they could need with a touch of luxury, warmth and superb surroundings.

Accommodating parties of all sizes within the 6 properties means everyone can enjoy a relaxed break here. Besides the very warm welcome that awaits you, it has a fully licensed lounge room with a wood burning fire creating the right atmosphere for you and your friends. The development also makes use of ground source heating and solar panels to make your stay environmentally friendly.

So browse through the properties available and treat yourself to an Easter break or a holiday later in the year by booking online or telephone us on 015394 48081 or 017687 74060. You will not be disappointed!!

 

 Quality and comfort at affordable prices!!

 

Snow Has Arrived!

Snow pictures from around the UK and Lake District

Varying degrees of blanketing white cover

Varying degrees of blanketing white cover

Light dusting on fell tops - some areas had less snow than others but everywhere nice and cold

Light dusting on fell tops – some areas had less snow than others but everywhere nice and cold

Ice Skating on frozen Lakes

Ice Skating on frozen Lakes

Fields of white powder

Fields of white powder

Snow steps leading to a crystal lake - well almost. Derwent Water

Snow steps leading to a crystal lake

Snow on fields and wall with a beautiful blue sky

Beautiful blue sky – white making the morning much brighter