Newport mum wins photo competition with her legendary shot

Monday 23 September 2013

Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, has announced the winner of its Legendary Summer photo competition as Newport mum Deborah Hitchins.

Deborah Hitchins's winning photograph

Deborah Hitchins's winning photograph

The competition, designed to encourage visitors to capture their most memorable summer moments at Cadw sites across Wales, asked entrants to share snaps of themselves completing one of the ‘30 fun things to do’ from Cadw’s Legendary Summer Checklist via Facebook and Twitter.

With 124 ‘likes’ on Facebook, Ms Hitchins, a warehouse worker from Undy of Newport, beat stiff competition to win the prize of a Nikon D3200 Digital SLR Camera as well as Cadw 3-Day Family Explorer Pass. Deborah’s entry shows her family creating their own magical tale using the stepping stones at Ogmore Castle in Vale of Glamorgan.

The mum of four said: 'Armed with our Cadw Summer Checklist my family and I ticked off activity No.19 and invented a magical story at Ogmore Castle. We used our imaginations and the Ogmore stepping stones became rocks across a treacherous sea, which made the perfect spot for a picture.

'I was really pleased to be told I'd won the photo competition. We'll be out and about visiting more Cadw sites now that we've won an Explorer Pass, so I'll be sure to make use of my new camera!'

John Griffiths, Minister for Culture and Sport, said: 'Cadw’s summer campaign, including the photo competition, aimed to inspire residents and tourists alike to explore and enjoy Wales’s unique heritage.

'My team at Cadw aimed to capture imaginations through the use of fun and engaging materials, including a ‘Heroes and Heroines of Wales’ story collection, to bring our impressive heritage to life and encourage people to discover more about their local history over the summer.'

The winning photo (above), as well as a selection of other entries, can be viewed on Cadw’s Facebook page.