Snapper is Mr June'

PUBLISHED: 14:44 14 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:03 31 May 2010

Gordon Ridgewell with the Essex in Focus calendar - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

Gordon Ridgewell with the Essex in Focus calendar - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

SNAP-HAPPY Gordon Ridgewell is Mr June in a new Essex Records Office calendar. The retired photographer, 71, of Dawson Close, Saffron Walden, is delighted his photograph of a cottage garden in West Mersea has been selected for the Essex in Focus year plan

SNAP-HAPPY Gordon Ridgewell is Mr June in a new Essex Records Office calendar.

The retired photographer, 71, of Dawson Close, Saffron Walden, is delighted his photograph of a cottage garden in West Mersea has been selected for the Essex in Focus year planner after he entered a competition earlier in the year.

He said: "I'm Mr June and it's really pleasing to have been chosen as one of the 10 runners-up in the competition.

"I love taking pictures of traditional Essex views and I have worked for the county council, so I entered the competition. It's lovely to have my picture in the calendar."

The competition was launched in the summer by the Essex County Council-run records office to capture 12 different aspects of Essex's heritage.

"My wife and I wanted to explore the Essex coast during the summer, and we were in

West Mersea on a lovely

sunny day when I saw the cottage with some beautiful hollyhocks in the garden," Mr Ridgewell, who still works as a wedding photographer, said.

"I managed to get the light in the picture just right, which is absolutely crucial no matter what camera you're using.

"I took the picture on my digital camera and I feel I captured the beauty of the scene.

"As well as the picture that was selected, I also submitted photographs of the turf maze on Saffron Walden Common, sailing barges at Maldon and of Saffron Walden's Old Sun Inn."

Walthamstow resident Ronald Bowman, who photographed the windmill at Thaxted, was also named as one of the runners-up.

"I'm a big fan of windmills and am trying to take pictures of all those in Essex," he said.

"I rarely enter competitions, so it was a nice surprise to find my picture had been selected to be April's picture in the calendar."

Essex County Council's executive member for heritage, culture and the arts, Cllr

Jeremy Lucas, said: "This has been a wonderful competition, which has resulted in some fantastic images showing some of Essex's most beautiful and interesting sites."

The overall winner of the competition was Chris Aldred of Linford, who won £250 for his photograph of St Peter's Church at Bradwell.

Mr Ridgewell has also just finished compiling the Saffron Walden and Villages Calendar for the fourth consecutive year.

It is available now from Saffron Walden's Tourist Information Centre priced at £5.50.

The Essex in Focus calendar can be purchased from the records office for £6.99 by visiting www.essexcc.gov.uk/eshop or by calling 01245 244644.

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