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June 19, 2014

Cereals visitors choose winner of Agrii charity photography competition

Martin Hollingworth of Etwall, near Derby has been crowned as the overall winner of the 2014 Agrii charity photography competition. Martin’s image ‘Highland on High Land’ was chosen by public vote at the Cereals Event 2014 on 11th and 12th June 2014, receiving 1101 votes out of over 3,500 cast over the two days.

On being told of his win, Martin said: “I’m delighted to have won the competition. I really like highland cattle and I took this image on a visit to the Peak District. This particular animal was very relaxed with our presence – it was great to get such a good shot of him in a beautiful landscape.”

The final six images, which included five entries from the adult category, and the winner of the under 16s category, were displayed on the Agrii stand at the event. The winner was the image that received the highest number of votes from visitors to the stand.

Sarah Wilkinson, Agrii’s Marketing Officer for the West and Events, said of the finalists: “The diverse subject matter and high quality of the entries really reflected the competition theme ‘A Passion for The Countryside’ and highlighted that farming is much more than just a day job. The competition was a big draw at Cereals and is just one of a number of initiatives around the UK that Agrii is involved in, to support our great British farmers and the farming community.”

Three rural charities: The Addington Fund; The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET); and The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I.) were supported by the competition, each receiving a donation of £1,000 from Agrii.  Each charity was championed by an Agrii customer with a direct involvement in the charity and its fundraising.

“We had a tremendous number of entries to the competition and we were delighted that this generated a total of £3,000, which we split between the three charities,” said Ms Wilkinson.

Al Brooks, Farm Manager of Waddesdon Estates in Buckinghamshire, and trustee of the Addington Fund said after delivering the cheque to the charity: “I was in Somerset recently, delivering straw, and to see the benefit and relief that Addington Fund as an agricultural charity can bring, due to the generosity of others, is truly overwhelming.”

Andrew Brealy, who farms in Kent and is a member of his local R.A.B.I. committee said: ”I’m proud to be part of a large group of volunteers who raise funds locally, to help those members of the farming community across the UK. Getting involved in this competition was also an effective way for us to raise R.A.B.I.’s profile and reach more people who may require our support.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to all those who contribute to our vital funds, including Agrii,” concludes Andrew.

Alison Bankier, Countryside Initiative Developer at RHET said: “We are extremely grateful to Agrii for this generous donation. As a charity that provides free services to schools, donations like this allow RHET to take more pupils on farm visits and create resources to teach pupils about food, farming and the countryside.”

The Adult category finalists included: James Kirkham, with ‘Deer and the Ears’, John Hutton, with ‘Horse Plough’, Kristina Crabbie, with ‘Walkies with a view’, Martin Hollingworth with ‘Highland on High Land’ and Mike Cumming, with ‘Harvesting – Lour Farms’.

The winner of the under 16s category was 11 year old Freya Mason, from Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire who took the picture, named ‘Fluffy Close-up’ on her family’s farm.

All six finalist’s images will appear in the 2015 Agrii calendar, along with a selection of other entries from the competition.

You can view all finalists here.