For the first time, Newbury Building Society’s annual photography competition encouraged members to share photographs of sustainable living in and around our branch towns, in support of our Green Ambition.
From ‘bee friendly’ gardens to fruit and vegetable picking, photographers entered a variety of beautiful images taken in Abingdon, Alton, Andover, Basingstoke, Didcot, Hungerford, Newbury, Thatcham, Winchester, and Wokingham.
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 composition, originality, and suitability for including in the calendar.
Congratulations to Rodney Hart who has been crowned #YourNBS Sustainable Community Photographer of the Year for his photo taken in Wokingham, see below for the meaning behind his image. You can see it on the front cover of this year’s calendar.
The calendar is now available in all branches and is free – although a small donation towards your branch’s charity is welcomed. There is a limit of two calendars per customer to ensure stocks last for all.
You can find a gallery of all 12 finalists below.
January 2022: Sue Carolyn Love, “Our Bug Hotel" - Wokingham
February 2022: Julie Mungomery, “Apple anyone?” - Hungerford
March 2022: Ben, “Bee-autiful"
April 2022: Spencer Cukier, "Bringing in the harvest" - Hungerford
May 2022: Wendy Maxwell, "The happy pickers" - Shalbourne
June 2022: Ellie Silverwood, "Lavender Bee" - Abingdon
July 2022: Paige Morrison, "Butterfly in my wildlife garden"
August 2022: Polly Cox, "Sweet sunshine" - Shalbourne
September 2022: Rodney Hart, "Joel Park in Autumn" - Wokingham (winning photo)
October 2022: James Bird, "A gourd days picking" - Shalbourne
November 2022: Victoria Pearson, "Insect-friendly riot" - Sutton Courtenay
December 2022: Pamela Denton, "First homegrown vegetables of the year" - Basingstoke
Thank you to everyone who took part in the competition, we have loved seeing everybody's creative images. Once again, congratulations to Rodney Hart and the 11 runners-up!