Lancashire photographer’s eye for the winning shot

STRIKING: Mark's winning image of a dandelion
STRIKING: Mark's winning image of a dandelion
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A Lancashire amateur photographer is set to have one of his snaps beamed from screens in some of the country’s busiest train stations, after winning a national competition.

Advertising giant, JCDecaux, worked with Amateur Photography Magazine to give spare time photographers the chance to give their images some public exposure.

The aim is to create a showcase of beautiful pictures that bring something different to advertising screens in stations and shopping centres.

Some 80 winning images were selected from more than 500 entries sent to the magazine in March, inviting keen photographers to capture city life in categories: ‘The People’, ‘The Views’, ‘The Animals’ or ‘The Details’.

One of the winners, Mark McNeill, 41, of Harbour Lane in Warton, near Preston, said: “I started photography about five years ago and it was just a hobby. I just liked taking photos of anything and everything.”

Mark’s winning image, which features a dandelion blowing in the wind, will run across huge, landscape digital screens in major railway stations nationwide including Birmingham, Charing Cross, Edinburgh, Euston, Glasgow, King’s Cross, Leeds, Liverpool Lime Street, Manchester Piccadilly, Newcastle, Victoria, and Waterloo.

The HGV driver for United Utilities, who says he practises his photography every day after work, added: “It’s pretty amazing, I just want to see one of the big screens.”

Russell Gower, creative content director at JCDecaux, said: “The soft colours, the composition, the feeling of movement all contributed to making this a winning picture.

“After all – who doesn’t love seeing a dandelion blowing in the wind!

“We received hundreds of entries and the standard was really high. The aim is to create a showcase of beautiful pictures that bring something different to advertising screens in stations and shopping centres.”

Nigel Atherton, editor of Amateur Photographer said: “Our readers are passionate about photography, and this amazing showcase has given them a unique chance to see their work and name made famous on screens nationwide.”

The gallery will be shown in railway stations until June 1.