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A photo depicting Richard Pearce’s art studio on Bryher has scooped this year’s top prize in the annual Isles of Scilly Photography Competition, which is organised annually by the Islands' Partnership. Kathryn Watson, a Metropolitan Police officer from Cambridge took the photo, entitled “An Artist’s Studio”, whilst on holiday with her wife and in-laws during the Creative Scilly festival in May this year.

Kathryn’s photo was selected as the outright winner from 35 shortlisted photos from across eight categories after she polled more than 1,000 votes on the Visit Isles of Scilly Instagram feed (@visitislesofscilly). In fact, Kathryn had no less than five photos shortlisted in this year’s competition, so a very worthy winner. She wins a three-night break for two on Tresco Island and two return flights with Penzance Helicopters, the new travel service to Scilly which starts up in March 2020.

A passionate amateur photographer, this year was the first time Kathryn had brought her wife to the islands. “I wanted her to discover this amazing archipelago so close to Cornwall that hold very fond memories for me,” she says. “Living in Cornwall as a child, we used to visit Scilly often, staying on St Mary’s and island hopping to all the others. I remember the freedom – being allowed to wander off on our bikes and being left to our own devices. These days, I find the islands instantly relaxing and totally stress-free.

"The islands are also perfect for budding photographers,” she continues. “I rarely get the time to take experimental photos these days due to my busy work schedule, but when I was on Scilly earlier this year, I enjoyed getting up at 4.30am, and getting out. Being on the islands for Creative Scilly was also perfect timing as I loved all the street performances and artists’ workshops. It was fantastic to bring together the favourite elements of my holiday in one image, and even better that it helped me win the competition!”

This year’s Visit Isles of Scilly photography competition, which has run every year since 2014, saw more than 700 entries across 8 categories: #MyScilly, Dark Skies, Dine the Isles, Everyday Magic, Instaworthy, Scilly Creatives, Scilly Events and Wild Scilly.

“The Isles of Scilly Photography Competition is now a firm fixture in the islands’ calendar which draws a lot of enthusiasm and excitement from visitors, and islanders, keen to showcase their photographic talent,” says Nick Bond, Executive Director of the Islands’ Partnership. “The quality of the entries this year was second to none and we’re delighted that so many will find their way into our existing photographic library and also feature in our marketing materials throughout 2020. Kathryn’s photo, together with a number of the shortlisted finalists, will also feature in the forthcoming 2020 Isles of Scilly Guide.”

The Islands’ Partnership would like to thank Tresco Island and Penzance Helicopters for providing the fantastic prize for the competition.

Upcoming Events

  • Tue
    22
    Oct
    2013
    9.30am-11.30pmChurch Hall, Church Street

    This will be first AGM since the IP was formed last year.  Wolf Rock, the Islands’ marketing consultants will also make a presentation of their approach to marketing the islands. The board will report on activities for the past year including the usual matters of finance and governance.  It will also be the first opportunity for members to elect their own representatives to the Board of Directors, with four of the current Directors retiring from office.  

  • Thu
    24
    Oct
    2013
    8pm - 9pmIn your own home!

    FREE and open to all: Claire Jarrett is well-known for her real-time, online seminars or "webinars". This one is designed to help small businesses learn how to set up a marketing campaign on Facebook, even if you are new to it, and how to how to build a fan base.  You'll need to register in advance on www.clairejarrett.com/facebookwebinar. There may be a bit of a hard sell for services at the end - because she offers the webinar for free - but you can just log out at that stage!  

  • Thu
    07
    Nov
    2013
    8:00 pmHeadland Hotel, Newquay

    The IP supported nine Scillonian businesses in their applications to the Cornwall Tourism Awards. Four made it to the finals - Hell Bay Hotel (Small Hotel of the Year), Juliet’s Garden Restaurant (Café and tearoom of the Year), The New Inn Tresco (Pub of the Year), and St Martin’s Dive School (Tourism Activity, Sport & Experience of the Year) - and we'll be wishing them lots of luck this evening when the overall winners are announced.

  • Thu
    14
    Nov
    2013
    10.00-13.00IP Office

    Strategy meeting

  • Thu
    21
    Nov
    2013
    11.30am-1.30pmTregarthen's Hotel, St Mary's

    Meeting and lunch for IP members to learn more about Get Set For Growth, a new initiative to help small businesses with finance, and marketing & sales.

  • Mon
    25
    Nov
    2013
    2.00-3.30pmIP Office

    Meeting to discuss Walk Scilly and the creation of more events to boost tourism calendar.  Any member wanting to be involved should contact the IP office.

  • Thu
    28
    Nov
    2013
    10.30am -12.30pmLife Long Learning Centre, Carn Gwaval

    Short practical training session to get you started on Twitter: creating an account, understanding how it works, using it as an effective marketing tool…

  • Wed
    11
    Dec
    2013
    10.30am - 2.00pmTregarthen's Hotel, St Mary's

    Informal gathering and networking opportunity for IP members.  Listen to short, informative presentations and business advice from invited guest speakers, including Robin Barker for Services for Tourism which managed the recent Cornwall Tourism Awards. 

  • Thu
    12
    Dec
    2013
    10.00 - 1.00pmIP Office

    Strategy Meeting

  • Mon
    23
    Dec
    2013
    12pm-3pmIP Office, Hugh Town

    Come and collect your copy of the Visit Isles of Scilly 2014 brochure, and chat with the IP directors and staff about the new look and branding.  We'll have a glass of wine and a mince pie waiting for you, too!

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