Plymouth train driver wins photographs contest
A Plymouth-based train driver has won a European transport photography competition for his stunning photograph of a passenger train in Dawlish.
Chris Hopkins of CrossCountry has won the Arriva Photo of the Year 2012 award for his dramatic image of a Voyager 220 at Coryton Cove.
His image of the CrossCountry train nestled in between the magnificent red cliffs of Dawlish was judged alongside other finalists’ images from across the Arriva group for the annual award. His eye for a picture has netted him a total of £800 in prizes from Arriva’s photo competition this year.
Chris, aged 43, who lives in Plymouth, said: “It was warm summer morning and the coastal landscape at Dawlish is very dramatic so I decided to head out for a walk along the coast to take some pictures. Most of the day the tide hampers access to the end of the beach in the shot, but I was lucky enough to time it perfectly when the tide was low enough.”
From Monday to Friday,
Come and enjoy our special menu at £12 per person for 3 course-meal.
Not in conjunction with any other offers.
From Monday to Friday for lunch and dinner.
Subject to availability.
Contact: 01752 424381
Valid until: Wednesday, July 31 2013
Chris has been interested in photography for 25 years, and is particularly attracted to landscape and architecture. He is such an enthusiast that he has created his own website - www.chrishopkinsimages.com - to catalogue his worldwide travels and photographic interest. Chris’ main camera is a Nikon D7000 DSLR, but the winning image was taken with a Canon Powershot S100, an enthusiast grade pocket compact.
Arriva chief executive, David Martin, said: “Over the year the competition has attracted an excellent standard of photography from our employees. Chris’ image is a very worthy winner and shows how scenic a rail journey can be.”
The competition, open to all 47,500 Arriva employees across 12 countries, receives hundreds of entries every year from staff across Europe.
Peter Stonham of New Transit magazine, which judged the competition, said: "Congratulations to all the finalists who produced some fantastic photography.
“It wasn’t easy to pick a winner, but for us Chris’ image really stood out. The choice of location is excellent, with positioning and composition ensuring that the train sits comfortably and impressively in its environment. The colour range of the coastline, sky and sea are very pleasing and complement the train itself well. Technically, everything has been executed expertly to produce a classic image."
All winning photos, and runners up, are available to view on www.arriva.co.uk