National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

17 August 2011

Samlesby YFC’s Elizabeth Coar has snapped up first prize in the NFYFC photography competition celebrating British Wool Week.

Elizabeth, 22, impressed the judging panel with her shearing photograph entitled Carefully Shorn, Lovingly Worn, depicting the theme Origin is Everything – The Journey of Wool.

She has won the top prize of £500 towards the costs of travelling with four other members of the Lancashire-based club to London to attend the Wool Exhibition in September, which is a major part of this year’s Campaign for Wool promotions.  

Thrilled to have won, Elizabeth explained: "In my photograph, British farmers are harvesting a product that is manufactured into the fabric of today, seen on the catwalks and high streets a long way from the flocks, farms and fields.

“It was a big surprise to learn I had won, and an even bigger surprise to my boyfriend Steven Walker, who is a member of Slaidburn YFC and is in the photo, but didn’t know I had entered it in the competition!

“It was taken on a really lovely day at the Hodder Valley Show where he was competing in a clipping contest, and I felt it really fitted the theme of the competition perfectly. I’m thrilled to have won and looking forward to the trip to London.

Woolly Winter – Winter wonderland at Garrowby Estate, York, took second place for Gemma Woodall, 24, of Beacon YFC, in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

And Devon’s 15-year-old Hanna Land, from Withleigh YFC, clicked with the judging panel with her Winter Woolly photo, to take third place. She said: "When taking this photo, I was also making use of sheep’s wool, wearing a woolly hat and gloves. I realised how the sheep kept so warm after wearing it myself."

All three winning photos will be reproduced as part of promotional material for the Wool Week event by the competition’s sponsors, the British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB).

The competition was launched at the NFYFC Agriculture & Rural Affairs Forum during the annual convention in Blackpool, and aims to help raise public awareness of the origin of wool and highlighting the work of the British Wool Marketing Board.

Producer relations manager for the BWMB Gareth Jones said: "All the competition entries were fantastic, really high standard, so well done to everyone. Elizabeth is a really worthy winner and we are looking forward to making her and her group welcome in London."

BWMB chairman Malcolm Corbett said: “The British Wool Marketing Board has been pleased to sponsor this NFYFC photography competition.  We look forward to continuing our joint involvement with the next generation of wool producers.”

NFYFC Agriculture and Rural Affairs officer Sarah Palmer added: “We are delighted to have begun this working relationship with the British Wool Marketing Board and the competition has made a great start to this partnership.  We look forward to continuing to work together in the future.”


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