North east England photo shortlist celebrates ‘beauty of region’

Sea-swimmers, sheep and fiery skies are among the shortlisted images for a photography prize celebrating the “unique beauty” of the North East.

The Northern Photography Prize whittled down an “overwhelming” number of entries taken by amateur photographers across the region.

Winners in the landscape and portrait categories will be chosen in September.

The 16 shortlisted images will be displayed at the Biscuit Factory art gallery in Newcastle until mid October.

Founded by author LJ Ross, the competition asked for the photographs to capture the spirit and heart of the region.

She said: “This year we were overwhelmed by both the quantity and quality of entries – so much so that we took the decision to double the size of the shortlist.”

Alan Rees photo 'Counting Sheep' taken in WeardaleIMAGE SOURCE,ALAN REES
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Alan Rees said he took the photo Counting Sheep as the sun was rising and the mist lifting at the top of Harehope Burn in Weardale
Richard Turnbull's photo 'Hadrian's Wall Sunrise'IMAGE SOURCE,RICHARD TURNBULL
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Richard Turnbull snapped Hadrian’s Wall Sunrise after a sleepless night and deciding to get up in the early hours as the sun rose
Andrew McCardle's photo 'The Heart of Teesside' taken in RedcarIMAGE SOURCE,ANDREW MCCARDLE
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Andrew McCardle from Redcar captured his shot of the town’s former steel works on a late summer night
Brendan Lewis photo 'Not a Crossed World'IMAGE SOURCE,BRENDAN LEWIS
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Brendan Lewis said he snapped a man sitting in a cafe doing a crossword while walking in Newcastle with two friends
Nicola Robley's photo 'The Shopkeeper'IMAGE SOURCE,NICOLA ROBLEY
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Nicola Robley from Penrith was taken by the “twinkle in the eye and smile” of the shopkeeper at Beamish Museum

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