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Dean Barnes beat off stiff competition to take top spot with his Coventry Canal composition.

SNOW SCENE STORMS TO PHOTOGRAPHY VICTORY As the boating season gets into full swing, the winner of this year’s IWA photography competition gives a stunning reminder that our inland waterways aren’t just summer playgrounds but year-round attractions.

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ean Barnes’ beautiful winterscape of Whittington on the Coventry Canal beat off a strong field of over 450 submissions to clinch top spot, and he wins £150 to spend on Imray books and charts (courtesy of Imray) for his efforts. However, the prize-winning photo almost never came to be – Dean admits it was “mostly chance” that he caught the magical moment on film. He explains: “This image is from March 2013, which pre-dates my interest in canals and boating. I live in Whittington with my wife and greyhounds so I was probably out walking the dog. I am a keen hobby photographer so would usually have a camera with me. This was shot on a Panasonic TZ18, which I still have.”
 Producing a shortlist was no easy task for our panel of judges, so we were relieved that the final choice was made by IWA members themselves. While we’ve reproduced a selection of other finalists’ snaps here, readers can view all the shortlisted photographs in IWA’s 2017 Christmas card collection and 2018 calendar. Thank you to everyone who entered this competition. Entries are now open for next year’s – please visit waterways. org.uk/photocomp to submit your photos of our inland waterways and their surroundings for a chance to win.

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The Red House Glass Cone from Stourbridge’s 16 locks, submitted by Brian Evans, is also this month’s cover image.

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IWA Waterways Magazine - Summer 2017