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North photo competition delight for Ruth

Ruth Dingwall's winning picture.
Ruth Dingwall's winning picture.

The winner of the Great Exhibition of the North Photography Competition says her success has inspired her to take more pictures.

Ruth Dingwall, who grew up in Monkseaton, captured the striking image that impressed the judges in Newcastle after watching the Great North Run in 2017.

There were more than 1,000 entries. Her prize is a family trip to the upcoming Great Exhibition of the North, a two-night stay at Jesmond Dene House, a free return travel train journey from Virgin Trains and £200 spending money.

The 41-year-old attended the St Thomas More Catholic school in North Shields before studying a course just outside Manchester.

She then moved to Newcastle and today lives in Chester-le-Street with her partner, Stephen, and works as a visual and performing arts technician at a school in Washington.

Ruth said: “Me and Stephen were walking back towards the city centre after the runners had gone through when I looked out to the Quayside and it felt right to take a photo of what I could see – it was a great view and the Millennium Bridge was open.

“I entered that photograph when I heard about the competition, but I never thought that it would be the overall winner. After the initial shock, I was over the moon to have won.
“My background is art and design and photography was more of a hobby, but this success has inspired me. I’ve got a new proper camera and over the past few weeks I’ve been using it across the region.

“I’ve been commissioned as a photographer by friends and family a few times over the last couple of years and I would love for it to become a job for me one day.”