Stunning Downs vista wins BHF competition

Winning photo by Sarah Willingham SUS-140704-153126001
Winning photo by Sarah Willingham SUS-140704-153126001

A property consultant from Eastbourne has won a national photography competition run by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) which will take her across the world on commission to photograph one of the charity’s overseas fundraising challenges.

Sarah Willingham, 38, a keen amateur photographer whose pictures have appeared in The Herald’s Photo of the Week section, won the landscape competition with a sensational panoramic photograph of the South Downs.

Sarah, married with two children, said, “I was totally blown away to hear that I had won the British Heart Foundation competition.

“ I have been a keen amateur photographer for the last three to four years and this is the first competition I have entered after being encouraged by a friend, so I am absolutely thrilled.

“Living in Eastbourne I am very lucky to be surrounded by beautiful countryside. My family and I enjoy spending our free time walking the South Downs and I always have my camera with me.

“This shot was taken whilst we were walking in Wilmington and looks over towards Firle Beacon.

“I am extremely excited about the prize – all of the destinations sound so appealing. I now have the difficult job of deciding which destination to choose from.”

Sarah’s prize is a commission to photograph a trek or bike ride of her choice from one of four of the BHF’s overseas fundraising events in Africa, Nepal or India. She will spend up to 10 days photographing some of the world’s most incredible landscapes and the experiences of those trekking or cycling to raise essential funds for the BHF’s life-saving research into the UK’s single biggest killer – coronary heart disease.

Sarah’s winning image was picked by photographer David Clapp, former editor of Digital Camera Magazine Geoff Harris and head of events at the BHF, Nancy Prior.

Nancy said, “Sarah’s winning photograph reflects the task we set photographers, to capture the natural and dramatic landscapes at their best where we hold BHF hikes and treks, and inspire people to visit them.

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Sarah’s picture will be featured in the May issue of Digital Camera Magazine.