Your NBS Happy Place Photographer of the Year is crowned

For the first time, Newbury Building Society’s annual photography competition encouraged members to share photographs of their happy place, in and around our branch towns.

From two ponies sharing a romantic meal to foraging in the woods in Thatcham, photographers entered a variety of delightful images taken in Alton, Andover, Newbury, Winchester, Hungerford, Thatcham, Wokingham, Bagnor and Kintbury.

A judging panel, made up of representatives from Newbury Building Society, reviewed all entries and managed to pick an overall winner and 11 highly commended entries based on its story, composition, originality, and suitability for inclusion in the calendar.

Congratulations to Mr Eric Starmes who has been crowned #YourNBS Your Happy Place Photographer of the Year for his photo taken in Bagnor, see below for the meaning behind his image. You can see it on the front cover of this year’s calendar.


Calendars are available in branch from week commencing 24 November and they are complimentary, however a small donation to the branch charity is very welcome. We limit calendars to two per member to ensure stocks last all. 

You can find a gallery of all 12 finalists below.

January 2023: Richard Baldwin, “Donnington Castle Sunset" - Newbury

February 2023: Eric Starmes, “Tranquillity” - Bagnor (winning photo)

March 2023: Tim Jarvis, “Puff and Moth Enjoying a Romantic Dinner for Two" - Newbury

April 2023: David Lewis, "Bluebell Dawn" - Alton

May 2023: Kevin Ratcliffe, "Friendly Cows in the Water Meadows" - Winchester

June 2023: Pam Garland, "Kennet and Avon Canal" - Newbury

July 2023: Megan Leighton, "Midday Strolls" - Andover 

August 2023: Tali Grozin, "Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder" - Hungerford

September 2023: Roxy Cox, "Good Morning Kintbury" 

October 2023: Esme Mayled, "Foraging" - Thatcham

November 2023: Sue Love, "Autumnal Sunrise" - Wokingham

December 2023: Ben Johnson, "The Wood Through the Trees" - Hungerford

Thank you to everyone who took part in the competition, we have loved seeing everybody's creative images. Once again, congratulations to Mr Eric Starmes and the 11 runners-up!

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