Annie’s seaside snap scoops top photo award

Biosphere Vannin winner Annie Eastham with Environment Minister Phil Gawne MHK

Biosphere Vannin winner Annie Eastham with Environment Minister Phil Gawne MHK

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A picture of children enjoying the sea and sunshine at Garwick Beach has scooped top prize in the Biosphere Vannin photography competition.

Annie Eastham took the striking image in Laxey Bay as she helped youngsters enjoy an adventure day with The Children’s Centre.

Her effort was deemed by the panel of judges to have best captured the essence of what makes the Isle of Man such a special place.

Annie said: ‘I’m thrilled to win the competition. I just thought the kids looked like they were having a great time; I must take a photo of that.’

The Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture competition challenged photographers to show people interacting with the island’s amazing natural environment.

The competition attracted more than 250 entries, and the winning photos in six categories will become a focal point of the Biosphere Vannin campaign.

And they will appear in publicity material to support the bid to include the Isle of Man as a United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Biosphere Reserve.

Biosphere reserves are designated by UNESCO as areas that balance the needs of people, business and nature.

Their main purpose is to encourage conservation, sustainable development and active involvement in the environment.

DEFA hopes to submit a nomination for UNESCO status later this year. If successful, the Isle of Man would become the first country in its entirety to be designated as a biosphere reserve.The six category winners, who each won £50 were: Coast (John Keggin), Culture (Annie Eastham, overall winner), Farmland (Anna Kerruish), Glens (Tony Massey), Towns/Villages (Janice Farnan), and Uplands (Anna Kerruish).

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