"I AM constantly amazed by the wonderful examples of Saxon,
Romanesque, Gothic, Enlightenment, Victorian, and 20th-century
churches that you would be hard-pressed to find in such a
relatively compact area anywhere else in the country," Julie Banham
(left) says. She is the organiser of a local
amateur-photography exhibition as part of the centenary
celebrations of Sheffield diocese.
There were six categories: Church(yard) in the landscape; Light,
ritual, and season; Beasts and monsters; In memoriam; Faith; and
Hidden gems. The prizes were shared between three people: Tim Wragg
received one for his powerfully evocative photo of a snow-covered
cross, taken at dawn on Easter Day in Stannington; Gerald Robinson
won two prizes; and Tim Leach took three.
The prizes were given by Richard Taylor (right), the
author of How to Read a Church and the BBC TV series of
the same title. He said that he had been surprised by the
popularity of his book and the TV series, but they had clearly
struck a chord with people from all walks of life, who see the
distinctive character and atmosphere of church buildings as a means
of identity, history, pride, and focus for their communities.