AN ASPIRING photographer from Little Sutton has been highly commended in a national competition.
Alf Bailey, 58, spends much of his free time capturing the beauty of the countryside and now his work has been recognised in the ‘Joy of Sight’ photography competition, organised by eye health company Bausch & Lomb.
Entrants were asked to submit an original image encapsulating what sight means to them, capturing the joy it brings and highlighting the importance of keeping eyes healthy.
Alf’s picture ‘Morning Rush’ depicts mist lifting and the sun bursting through to reveal beautiful scenery of Cwm Idwal in Snowdonia National Park and was one of the highly commended images selected from thousands of entries.
Alf, who said he knew he wanted to enter the competition as soon as he heard the title, said: “I developed a keen interest in landscape photography about five years ago when my son-in-law showed me an example of his own photographic work.
“I’ve always loved the countryside and trying to capture its beauty on camera has become a burning desire for me.
“I always compare how I used to look at the world before I became passionate about photography and how I view it now, and those words ‘Joy of Sight’ kind of epitomises how I feel when I look through the viewfinder and see a beautiful landscape.”
He added: “From the first time I picked up a camera five years ago, it changed my perspective of the world, and I can honestly say, I have never taken my eyesight for granted since.”
For more, visit www.alfbaileyphotography.co.uk.