Composition and care, plus passion and spontaneity – Dartington Photographer of the Year competition winners announced

The winners of the  the Dartington Photographer of the Year competition are Marcus Crouch and Tilly May, both from Totnes, who have won a both won a £2,500 bursary and a yearlong commission to create an image library of original and innovative photographs documenting the life of Dartington and the beauty of the region.

Marcus and Tilly were selected for the bursary places by a team of experienced judges, including Alice Carfrae (last year’s winner) and professional photographer Carol Ballenger (who has exhibited at the Royal Academy).

Carol Ballenger said about the winners, “Marcus demonstrates thought and care in his choice of subjects and in the composition of his photos. I feel his work reflects the ethos of Dartington. Tilly’s photographs show passion and spontaneity of approach which brings a freshness to her work.”

Tilly recently completed a BA (fine art media) from Bath Spa. She will be spending the next year collating an image library depicting the beauty of the region, with her photographs appearing online, in print and throughout the media.

Marcus will be working two days a month for Dartington, where he will be documenting the charity’s innovative range of activities – along with a visual record of life on the estate.