‘Fresh Starts’ photography competition: the results and our winner

Turning over a new leaf and making a fresh start means something totally different to everybody. That, plus it being a new year, was the reason we chose Fresh Starts as the theme of our first monthly photography competition in 2017. We received 50+ entries. The ideas and talent we’ve seen is marvelous. Before we whittle down to the winners, here’s a selection of January’s submissions.

The sunrises!

We love a sunrise! And we received dawn shots aplenty. Here are some morning sun submissions which slotted smoothly into ‘Fresh Starts’.

Shot from Gosport, by Phillipa Newman


Grzegorz Kopacz, shot at Portchester Shore

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Trevor Goodman, shot at Southsea seafront

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Bryony Rogers, shot at the Farlington Marshes

Scott Morey

Tim Kingsbury

A month of frosty fog

Portsmouth is home to exactly zero fair-weather photographers — as soon as the fog hits, you’re out shooting the moody misty streets and seascapes early in the mornings! Here are some submissions which capture the more bitter, colder rises of January.

Lucy Lake

Danny Camfield


Steve Howells

New days and new beginnings

Whether it was capturing the dawn of each new day, or portraying the resurrective symbolism of the new year, every photographer who submitted pictures to this month’s competition made the Fresh Starts theme their own.

Joanne Taylor: “I took it yesterday whilst planning my own personal ‘fresh start’ — I used a paper cup from Eastney Coffee Cup (supporting local business!) to make my own miniature Southsea Castle. It's part of my plan to visit the beach as much as possible this year and notice the beautiful in the ordinary.” This was one of our favourite submission story from the past month.



John Parke

Fresh morning dew on a freshly-spun web, in Old Portsmouth, captured by @sarah.a.brown

“One door closes, another opens” — Zoe Garnham, captured at the Southsea Rose Gardens

Captured at the Freelands Heliport in Fareham Creek by Shaun Roster


In third place: Georgie Banfield 

Georgie captured this fantastically-focused photo of daybreak dew one foggy morning on Milton Common. We love the inverted reflections in the droplets, the spidery tendrils of the plants, and the murky muted natural tones. 


In second place: John Parke

John Parke photographed a runner down on Southsea Seafront — landmarks including South Parade Pier and the Solent Forts can be seen on the horizon, the running action is exciting and ties into the idea of living healthier in the new year, and the reflection ties it all together beautifully.


In first place, this month’s winner: Alex Slator!

Picking a winner for January was seriously tough, but this combination of candid portraiture and urban cityscape works so well, we had to go with Alex Slator’s early rise picture. It’s familiar, but twists the ‘freshness’ of our daily starts. The composition feels at once planned and quickfire, and the tease of the Spinnaker Tower on the horizon brings it all back to Portsmouth. It’s also a fresh angle on the city that we’ve not seen captured quite like this before. So, big congratulations to Alex for being January’s overall winner! Follow Alex on Instagram »

Alex has won:

  • A locally-designed sea-themed tee from Love Southsea
  • A green juice cleanse programme from natural organic vegan store Wild Thyme on Palmerston Road
  • A yoga class pass for two at Portsmouth Yoga in Albert Road
  • A SWEAT Outdoors class taking place out in the elements, come rain or shine, on Castle Field from 9:00am on Saturday mornings
  • Two tickets for a film of your choice at No. 6 Cinema throughout February
  • £10.00 to spend at Greens Café beside Canoe Lake
  • Two breakfasts at Southsea Beach Café

Click through below for our February competition!