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Cambourne photo comp winner revealed

With thanks to a dog called Bear, Tom’s image wins competition run by Uplands Place, retirement living in Cambridgeshire.

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News and community
Posted 07 March 2024
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Cambourne photo comp winner revealed

‘Bad photographer’ Tom Burke is celebrating winning £250 in our Uplands Place photography competition—thanks to his dog Bear.  The competition  invited people to take and share photographs of their favourite landscapes from the local area. Tom’s image shows the sunrise over Cambourne Nature Reserve and won the most votes from McCarthy Stone staff and homeowners. Its contrast of colours and the reflection of the sky and trees in the lake, showcase the Reserve’s beauty throughout the winter.

Tom says, “It’s a bit of a running joke in our family that I take a bad photograph, but it’s never stopped me giving it a go. I’ve never entered a photograph competition before, but I spotted it in the local paper. The next day I was out walking my dog Bear before work, and while we were doing some training, I looked up and saw how quaint and picturesque the lake looked as daylight began to break. I grabbed my phone, snapped the picture and took my chance at entering McCarthy Stone’s competition. I never thought I would win but I am delighted to have done so.

“I believe all photos hold a special trait. Each and every photo tells a story of something in the image that is of personal significance or beauty to the person who captures it. Cambourne Nature Reserve is a special place to me as I often spend time here walking Bear, or enjoying family picnics with my daughter Mia.”

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Treats for Bear and Alton Towers for Mia

Commenting on how he intends to spend the £250, Tom added: “I guess I will be buying Bear plenty of new chew toys, as it’s his because of him that I’ve won! I also plan to take my daughter to Alton Towers as a special treat.”

David Meachem, Divisional Sales Director for McCarthy Stone, commented: “We received some fantastic entries from the local community and would like to thank everyone who entered for their submissions. I would like to congratulate Tom, and more importantly Bear, for capturing such a lovely image of the Reserve which is close to our popular Retirement Living development, Uplands Place.”


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