Classy pic wins Bramham Horse Trials cover contest

Katie Neat's winning Bramham picture of Nicola Wilson and Annie Clover.
Katie Neat’s winning Bramham picture of Nicola Wilson and Annie Clover.

Budding professional photographer Katie Neat has won this year’s Bramham horse trials photo competition with a picture of local rider Nicola Wilson and Annie Clover, which will be the cover shot for next year’s programme.

Neat, from Gateshead, was over the moon on hearing she had won the competition. She described the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials as her favourite three-star event of the year, and said she had attended the event for as long as she could remember.

She is hoping to make photography her full-time career, and was encouraged to by her mother to enter the competition. She sent in the maximum of 10 photos, and of those 10, four made it through to the final judging with Nick Lane Fox, Nick Pritchard, Laura Jennings and Jane Conyers.

The panel loved the expression on both Nicola’s and Annie Clover’s faces, and felt it really showed the close partnership that’s needed to have success at an event such as Bramham.  Neat, 32, said that photos that really ‘capture the moment’ are what she strives for in every photo that she takes.

“Bramham is one of my favourite events, and is definitely my favourite three star.  I go to most of the big events, and as many of the local, northern events as I can get to.  I love Bramham so much, and to have one of my photos on the front cover of the programme is so special.”

This year’s runner-up is Bethany Tinson, with her picture of Ben Hobday and Ramilo at the Carter Jonas Sun (and Moon).  On a sunny year, this photo would perhaps have won, but the planning that clearly went into this picture was outstanding, and the judges particularly liked the way the sun framed the horse and rider.  It was felt that with the rather dreary weather, the photo didn’t perhaps stand out as much as it should have.

Nick Lane Fox said: “We had some cracking entries this year, but we love the winning photo, and when it was mocked up on the cover, it really did stand out.  It’s even better that it’s a Yorkshire rider who stars in it!”

The winner receives a pair of Season Members’ badges for next year’s Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials, from June 11 to 14, 2015.

Bethany Tinson was runner-up with this image of Ben Hobday and Ramilo.
Bethany Tinson was runner-up with this image of Ben Hobday and Ramilo.

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