Photo competition

We are delighted to announce the results of the Memories of our River photo competition

WINNER: Morgan Caygill








I am from Otley. I am currently studying Animal Management at Saltaire and Askham Bryan College. I have been a hobby wildlife photographer for the last 2 years and I spend my free time walking the river and canal enjoying all the different kinds of wildlife, although birds are my favourite. I am particularly proud of the photo I took of the Kingfisher and I was really stunned when I saw her take one of the Newts. I hope we can all get back to enjoying our lovely river again soon, though I reckon nature has coped just fine without us!










2nd Deborah Clarke








I have always loved wildlife and the ‘great outdoors’, so being able to capture what I see is an added pleasure. I have been a member of Bingley Camera Club for several years, which has provided a lot of encouragement to develop my skills. I have been rewarded in various competitions, both club and external competitions, such as recently being shortlisted in the National Parks UK and last year I was shortlisted in the British Wildlife Photography Awards and I also received an accreditation in the Yorkshire Photographic Union annual competition across the whole of Yorkshire. I am also a member of the Bradford Telegraph and Argus Camera Club and I have been regularly featured in their paper. Although I photograph all genres, my favourite area is wildlife photography, where you certainly require lots of patience and perseverance to capture a good image. Perhaps my skills of having a good eye for detail and composition are reflected in having been a Research Laboratory Scientist in the medical field for many years. I work at the University of Leeds, based at the St. James’s Hospital site. Over the years I have done a lot of microscopy, and photomicroscopy, where a camera is attached to the microscope. Thinking about it, I have photographed from a single cell to a whole organism!


3rd Paul Marfell








I am retired and spend quite a lot of time with my camera. My last job was in Salts Mill so every morning, most lunch times, and every evening I would be walking over the River Aire. One of my frequent haunts, before COVID was the River Aire at Denso Marston Nature Reserve. I also like to walk along Loadpit Beck at Shipley Glen and Gill Beck at Tong Park. Photography is my hobby as is birding. I am looking forward to seeing the work that has been done on the fish pass at Saltaire when I start going out again. I hope the tree with the Angling Permit sign is still there. In the meantime, during lockdown, I am doing a “Day in our garden” series, with photos, on my website.

Saltaire by night







4th Craig Howie








I run a Spirit and Wine Company called Molvino Fine Wine and Spirits Unique branding Gin Vodka Rum and Prosecco, although unfortunately my business is all on hold at present!
In my spare time I play golf and enjoy cooking, I also like fishing in the canal at the bottom of my garden with my grandchildren.
I was a contestant on Beat the Chef channel 4 recently and I did quite well!!
I like to take photos on my mobile phone and in the past when I was a rock climber took many photos out in the mountains

Mother and baby

The 3 runners up prizes for random voters are:

Sophie Elizabeth

Denise Hill

Amy Benson





Memories of our River

We know that you are missing the river just as much as we are.  We want to celebrate our rivers and backs to remind us of the beauty that is out there waiting for us.

The theme of our competition is “Memories of the river.”


Whether you are sharing a favourite shot from your collection or making new ones we’d like to see your photos.  We know that many of you do not live within walking distance of the River Aire so this competition includes all the wonderful natural waterways that make up our catchment.  This includes the Rivers Aire and Worth between  Malham and Airmyn and the hundreds of becks that flow into them.

Entrants can submit up to three photographs accompanied by a short paragraph clearly explaining where they were taken, when and why they are a treasured memory.  The photograph may be taken any device of your choosing – phone, digital or film cameras. Anyone is able to enter but we are looking for amateur photographers rather than professionals. 

If you are going to go outside to take photos please ensure you are complying within current government guidelines surrounding Covid19 and daily exercise.  There is no need to travel to take photos.  This is a chance to explore your own photo collection.

The competition winner will win a Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Essential E3 wildlife camera to help you discover the wildlife in your garden.

You may submit your entries:

1) Via email – email us at with the subject “ART Photo Competition”. Each file submitted to us should be no more than a maximum of 20mb in size.
2) Or on social media:
Twitter: @aireriverstrust
Tag us in your post #ARTphotocompetition.

Terms and Conditions

  • The closing date for entries is midday Thursday 30th April.
  • The photographs must be taken by the entrant and have minimal editing.  Colour correction is acceptable.  Composite images are not.
  • We consider amateur photographers to be those who make less than half of their annual income from photography.  If you’re under 16 please get permission from your parent or guardian before entering.
  • Please keep it authentic.  We want to see the true beauty of our catchment not create a false one.
  • There will be no cash alternative given for the prize

How the competition will be judged

  • Stage 1. Our staff will shortlist a set of ten favourite images
  • Stage 2. We will be showing our favourites on our website to coincide with “Greatest Online Agricultural Show” on Facebook on Saturday 2nd May and putting them to a public vote.  You will find links on our Facebook and at

Three runners up and three random members of the voting public will prizes of a pair of wildlife guides.

Privacy Notice

By entering the competition you are giving ART permission to use your images on social media and in our promotional materials.  You will be given photo credit whenever it is used.  You may reserve our use of the image if you wish so.  We will not make any contact information publicly available.

ART will not share your data outside with any other third parties without your permissio