The results of my rowing photography competition are in and the winner and runner-up of each category chosen. What a lot of stunning, evocative pictures you came up with, showing off the very best of winter rowing and almost making me sad that winter’s coming to an end (I said almost).

Just to remind you, the judge of the professional category was rowing photographer Ben Rodford and the judge of the amateur category was multiple Olympic and World Champion and talented photographer, Pete Reed, OBE. The theme was winter rowing.

So, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Here are the winners.

Winner of the professional category: Rory Cruickshank, AllMarkOne

Here’s what Ben had to say about Rory’s image:

‘I loved the light on the water of the puddles and the feeling of isolation in winter training even with other boats around.’

Rory wins:

Runner-up of the professional category: Adrian Dennis

Here’s what Ben had to say about Adrian’s image, which is of masters women rowers from Mortlake Anglian & Alpha Boat Club during an early-morning coaching session on the river Thames near Kew Gardens in west London:

‘Great light and colours. I like the training partner (the bird)!’

Adrian wins a £25 Amazon gift voucher.

Winner of the amateur category: Emma Holgate

Here’s what Pete said about Emma’s photograph, which was taken early in the morning on the River Trent in Nottingham:

‘Emma has a lovely and rare blend of wonderful light, and pleasing composition and captivating moment that provokes emotion in the viewer. This reminds me of winter rowing which was the brief. It inspires me and makes me want to get out there again – such is the power of photography. This is the story of two lone scullers in their training bubble of tranquility and competition. Great shot Emma, well done. Your image stood out amongst impressive competition.’

Emma wins:

Runner-up in the amateur category: Ryan Nicholson

Here’s what Pete had to say of Ryan’s photo, which was taken at South Yorkshire Head from the cox’s seat:

‘Ryan, great effort. Another nice story being told in a first person still. A view from the cockpit of a racing machine that few people get the honour of experiencing. I like the detail throughout the depth of the image and the glance of your stroke man before the piece. This image reminds me of getting ready for battle. Well done.’

Ryan wins a £25 Amazon voucher.

Highly commended in the amateur category

Pete selected some other images for special mention.

Phoebe Cook

Emma Taylor

Dan Harris

Huge congratulations to the winners. Do head over to the gallery section of the blog to see all the entries – they are all absolutely beautiful. I can’t tell you how much pleasure it’s given me looking at them all.

Massive thanks to everyone who entered, to the judges for taking time out of busy lives to consider them and to the very generous prize donors.

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