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The Mayor of Poole’s “My Maritime Poole” Photo Competition Winners Announced

Photos came flooding in from people of every age and background for the "My Maritime Poole" photo competition.

Those who submitted their entries to the Mayor of Poole’s maritime-themed competition captured the essence of ‘My Maritime Poole’ in just nine categories including ‘Poole Harbour’, ‘History of Poole’, ‘Water sports’, Seasons in Poole’ and ‘Nature, Wildlife and Birds’. Now, the winners and runners-up have been announced.

Photographs were shortlisted by Yani Consulting who ran the competition on behalf of the Mayor and winning entries selected by a panel of judges.

“We were very impressed by the calibre of photographs and the creativity of the entrants who certainly had an eye for what works to capture a memorable image,” the Mayor of Poole, Cllr Xena Dion said.  “It’s hard to select an overall winner or even a favourite but the expression of gentle stoicism caught in an elderly fisherman, the movement and speed amongst kite-surfers, and the eerie mood of a dark wet back street in Old Town certainly stand out.”

The top three entrants within each category were invited to an awards event where they tucked into a delicious afternoon tea with the Mayor and had the opportunity to see their work on a big screen in a professional presentation. 

Yani Vark at Yani Consulting is working with Poole Maritime Festival’s event organisers to secure opportunities to present the photographs for all visitors to enjoy while at the festival.  They will also feature at the Mayor of Poole’s Maritime Ball scheduled for 13th May at Poole Lighthouse. 

Yani Vark says, “We wanted the competition to provide photographers who are keen to develop their interest with an opportunity to showcase their work to a really wide audience.”

The list of winners can be found and the winning photos can be seen at

Maritime Photo winners

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