THE winner of theU3A Yorkshire Landscape Photo Competition has been announced.

Ilkley & District U3A launched its landscape photograph competition last November in the members’ in-house magazine, the EYE.

Members have been voting in an online poll and the winner is U3A member Diane Webster.

Her submission was taken on November 30 last year looking up the Wharfe Valley on the moor above Barden Towers.

A keen photographer, Diane often takes her more sophisticated bridge camera out with her but on this occasion she left it at home. Her winning shot was taken on a mobile phone and there was no editing or cropping done on the image, as stipulated in the competition rules.

“Sometimes pictures taken on my phone don’t work, but I was pleased with the light and colour on this one,” said Diane, who has been a U3A member since she retired nearly three years ago. “I’m really delighted to have won the competition – it’s a bit of good news at a time when there isn’t too much of that around!”

Diane honed her skills in the U3A Photography for Beginners Group and then moved up to a more advanced U3A photography group. She wins a £25 voucher of her choice.

Second in the poll was Tim Needham’s entry, a misty shot taken looking down into Wharfedale from the Swastika Stone and Peter Fawcett’s submission showing winter berries alongside the River Wharfe near Ilkley, was third.

There is a lot of photographic talent among U3A members. In June last year, U3A photographers mounted a very successful photographic exhibition in the Manor House, Ilkley, and they were intending to do the same this year. As 2020 has not turned out as expected the exhibition is to be featured on the U3A website next month. To find out more about Ilkley & District U3A, look on the website at or find the group on Facebook and Twitter .