Recreating the age of Sutcliffe

Paul Anthony Wilson's picture of Whitby Marina

Paul Anthony Wilson's picture of Whitby Marina

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A chance weather occurrence, captured on camera by a renowned Whitby photographer, has led to the harbour being featured in a prestigious national exhibition.

Paul Anthony Wilson’s image of Whitby harbour has been selected among thousands of entrants to feature in the Landscape Photographer of the Year - Take a View exhibition to be held at the National Theatre in London’s South Bank.

Paul Anthony Wilson, owner of Victorian Images

Paul Anthony Wilson, owner of Victorian Images

“I call it my Sutcliffe picture,” said Mr Wilson. “I was walking along the side of the river and the mist started rolling in. With all the yachts in the marina it just looked like the herring fleet of a hundred years ago.

“I thought that’s what Sutcliffe used to be confronted with so I took the picture there and then.”

With a £10,000 prize for the overall winner, competition is hot for a place in the exhibition, which is hosted by world-leading photographer Charlie Waite.

It will be the second year running that Mr Wilson has secured a place in the exhibition, and accompanying book, as he was previously highly commended for his image of heather burning on the moors.

Paul Anthony Wilson, owner of Victorian Images

Paul Anthony Wilson, owner of Victorian Images

Before that, he had been trying for seven years to get into the exhibition without success, so Mr Wilson said he was “chuffed to bits” to discover he had again been selected.

“It’s a really hard exhibition to get in. Competition is fierce and some people have been camping up mountains for days on end to get their shot,” he added.

However, for Mr Wilson, it was a mid-winter stroll around the harbour that got him his picture. It was around four o’clock when the mist rolled in. Just five minutes later and you could not see your hand in front of your face, so Mr Wilson said he was extremely lucky to get the shot. “It was brilliant really,” he added.