A CALL for stunning images of Stockton-on-Tees’ iconic Infinity Bridge attracted around 500 photographs from almost 100 entrants – but there could only be one winner!
And it was Michelle Williams’ atmospheric capture of the bridge set against a moody sunset that saw her win VIP tickets to this weekend’s Stockton Calling Music Festival.
The image will also feature on the front cover of the May edition of the Council’s residents’ magazine, Stockton-on-Tees News.
“I’m overwhelmed,” said Michelle, an IT manager and keen amateur photographer from Northumberland. “I’d like to dedicate the photograph to my late parents-in-law, Joe and Gwen Williams, who lived in Skelton.
“My husband, Alan, and I used to visit them often, heading down the A19 from Northumberland to Teesside. My mother-in-law died on Mother’s Day 2014 and my father-in-law in December 2015.
“I took the photograph on Mother’s Day. We’d been down and put some flowers on their grave and spent some time in Saltburn, and then on the way home I said that I wanted to go and see the Infinity Bridge and take some photographs.
“When we arrived it was such a lovely sight, and the sun was about to set. The colours in the sky lit up beautifully, and it was quite an emotional sight after the day we'd had.
“We stayed there around an hour while I took some photographs and then headed home, only to have the brightest Northern Lights visible from our back garden! So overall, it was an amazingly memorable day and a day I'll never forget.”
Michelle’s photograph was picked out by the Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees, Councillor Maurice Perry, who had the tough task of judging the entries.
Councillor Perry said: “My word we have some extremely talented photographers out there. The quality of the photographs we received was staggeringly high and made judging very difficult indeed.
“The Infinity Bridge is a truly iconic structure and looks spectacular day or night, come rain or shine, no matter what the season. It’s almost as if it was made to be photographed and in fact I read a claim once that it is one of the five most photographed bridges in the world!
“I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part. These images have reached hundreds of thousands of people on social media and there’s no doubt they’ll have helped spread the word about what a wonderful area this is.”
A gallery of the Infinity Bridge photographs submitted can be viewed on the Council’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/stocktoncouncil