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Janet Depicts Rural Cumbria At Work

A photograph taken by a farmer’s wife from Ings has been voted as the best depiction of rural Cumbria at work.

Janet Swindlehurst was one of dozens of amateur photographers to enter the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) North competition to find the best amateur photographs of the local countryside at work.

Home to Pasture – the award winning photograph

Home to Pasture – the award winning photograph

The Association displayed a montage of the images it received on its stand at this year’s Westmorland Show and invited visitors to vote for their favourite. And it was Janet’s photo of sheep herding taken near the family’s beef and sheep farm in the hills above Ings, titled Home to pasture, that proved to be the most popular.

Janet Swindlehurst

Competition winner Janet Swindlehurst

Janet, who got her first camera when she was just 12 years old, said: “I’m over the moon to have won. I very nearly chose a different photograph to enter so I’m delighted that I stuck with this one.

“I was helping my husband Brian move sheep a couple of years ago when I just saw this great photo opportunity and fortunately I had a small camera with me to capture the moment.”

For her efforts, Janet has won a bottle of Champagne and a £50 voucher to spend on upgrades for her camera.

CLA North Regional Director Dorothy Fairburn said: “Janet’s photograph was a clear winner in our competition and I’m delighted the prize has gone to someone who not only photographs rural Cumbria but is also part of a farming family that helps to maintain its cherished landscapes.”


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