Photos chosen for hospital

Bill Stephens' winning image.
Bill Stephens' winning image.
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The winning images in a competition to find photographs to be displayed in Northumberland’s new hospital dedicated to emergency care have been announced.

From almost 1,000 entries, a panel of judges selected the winners of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s first photography competition which will be exhibited in key locations in the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital.

The overall winner, and winner of the Northumbria Coastline category, was Bill Stephens’ image of a man and a boy flying a kite on the beach at Bamburgh Castle.

An image of a puffin by Mark Slavin and one of guillemots by Simmy were joint winners of the wildlife, animals and nature category. The local scenes and landscapes category also had joint winners – the beach huts at Blyth in the snow by Paul White and a corn field by Simon Gakhar.

Lea O’Connor won the objects close up category with Kristian Young’s patriotic image winning ‘things that make you smile’.

The images will help people find their way to wards and departments at the new Northumbria hospital, which treats people who are seriously ill or injured from across Northumberland and North Tyneside.

The competition was part of the trust’s long-standing healing arts programme which uses art as a therapeutic medium to improve the hospital environment for patients, visitors and staff.

Brenda Longstaff, head of arts and the patient environment at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “These images will not only look amazing when displayed in the new hospital they will make such a difference to patients and loved ones who are visiting them.”

The winners will be presented with their prizes later this month.

For all the images from the winners and runners-ups, click here.