Amazing image of South Shields seafront in for national award – add your vote

AWARD NOD ... South Shields photographer John Short's picture of The Groyne is up for a Historic Coast award.
AWARD NOD ... South Shields photographer John Short's picture of The Groyne is up for a Historic Coast award.

A SNAP-happy South Tyneside photographer is in the running for an award with his shot of a borough landmark.

John Short’s photograph of the Groyne lighthouse has been shortlisted in a competition being run by the Department for Communities and Local Government and English Heritage – and he needs your votes to win.

AWARD NOD ... South Shields photographer John Short's picture of The Groyne is up for a Historic Coast award.

AWARD NOD ... South Shields photographer John Short's picture of The Groyne is up for a Historic Coast award.

The grandad of eight, of Whitburn, said: “I have always believed in supporting and promoting South Tyneside, with a strong commitment to improving employment, education and creating a borough in which it is attractive to live and work.

“Far too often, all we hear are the negative aspects of the borough when, in reality, we punch well above our weight.”

The 62-year-old, organiser of the See Tyne and Wear Differently Facebook page, added: “I created the page as it brings together my two greatest passions – apart from my wife and family – the local area and photography.

“I believe that the better we make the area in which we live to work and play, the greater investment we will receive in retail, manufacturing and tourism employment.”

Far too often, all we hear are the negative aspects of the borough when in reality we punch well above our weight.

John Short

South Tyneside Council deputy leader Coun Alan Kerr said: “This is a fabulous picture of one of South Tyneside’s most iconic landmarks.

“John’s image beautifully captures the spectacular views from our stunning seafront.

“It would be superb if the photograph went on to win.

Voting for the heritage coast photo contest closes tomorrow. To vote for John, go to www.coastalcommunities.co.uk/heritage-
photo-competition

See Monday’s Gazette for more of John’s stunning images of the borough.

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