Photo Competition Winners

Thank you to all our entrants, to our judges and to Ross Lowcock and his team at Darlington College for all their support in making this event such a great success

Expert Judging Panel

David Smith

Amatuer Photographer

Encouraged by his father, a semi professional photographer, David has been interested in photography since junior school when he was given a “Brownie 127” camera as a present. As a teenager  member of Kingston Camera Club he won a number of awards for black & white prints. David has made use of 35mm black & white film & was keen on the use of colour slide & prints particularly for landscape work. 
Currently a member of an online photo club who hold monthly competitions and has carried out assignments for a number of Darlington charities, including the 70th Anniversary of Darlington Soroptimists.

Liz Million

Children's Author & Illustrator

 When Liz isn’t painting & writing books in her studio in Darlington, she spends a lot of time travelling the world talking to eager children in amazing schools, libraries and museums!
From a young age, Liz always knew she wanted to be an artist. After working QE Sixth Form,  apply for an illustration degree & graduated from Kingston upon Thames University in 1998 & was quickly snapped up by Walker Books. 
Liz has a massive passion for photography & is a keen amateur since receiving her first camera as a teen. She has a keen eye for colour & composition & is very excited about being part of the competition’s panel.
” Town Mission were invaluable to my lovely nana during her later years & it’s an honour to be able to assist them in finding some wonderful photographers!”

Eric Walsh

College Lecturer

Teacher in Further education for 32 years, teaching Photography and Graphic Design to Further Education students. Large proportion of  Eric’s career was spent at Darlington College (27 years) during which I have held the position of Head of Arts & Media and Assistant Director of Higher Education.
 I now teach on a range of courses to 16-19 year old students validated by UAL (University of the Arts) for students wishing to progress to University for Higher Education study.

John Crewe


John Crewe is a full time artist based in Darlington. Largely  self-taught, drawing inspiration from the best of modern art and the Old Masters; the rugged beauty of the north-eastern coastline as well as the spacious, solid tranquillity of the Yorkshire and Cumbrian dales. These influences are combined in a unique contemporary style.
Landscapes & seascapes represent only one facet of his talent. In his powerful portraits & life studies, he captures the infinite subtleties of light as it falls on the planes of the body or face.

Sarah Morehead

Fashion Designer & Pattern Cutter

Sarah started her career studying for a Degree in Fashion and Textiles Design in Leicester. Her industrial career as a Designer and Design Director in London spanned 23 years with expertise in Special Occasion wear working for twelve different UK and Italian labels including Parigi, Alibi Diffusion, Liola & Entente. Her work has retailed internationally & been selected for actors and celebrities to wear on various BBC and ITV programs. In 1998 she moved back to the North East and started Teaching Fashion Design and Marketing at Northumbria University. In 2020, during Covid, Sarah changed tack again and started work for Self Made Studios a Community Interest Company in Bishop Auckland that specialises in helping start up companies and those wishing to ReShore their manufacture of high end quality garments in the North East