Photography Competition 2020

While Covid-19 restrictions meant Borderlines Festival was sadly unable to go ahead this year, Team Borderlines were very pleased to still be able to run our popular competition. The theme chosen this year was ‘Hope’. 

Our judge this year was Phil Rigby, a Carlisle-based freelance editorial and landscape photographer with a passion for Cumbria and the Lake District. The former Cumbria Life picture editor won the Lakeland Book of the Year Award in 2018 with his 'Portrait of Cumbria: Life and Landscape' - a collection of his Cumbria Life. 


Our winning entry Colours of Hope came from Geetanjali Verma. 

Geetanjali is an ambitious and determined anaesthetist by profession, who combines her passion for travelling with her interest in photography and writing. 

Our judge Phil Rigby said this about Geetanjali’s photograph – Rainbows are the symbol of hope in many cultures. The photography is a stunning picture of a full rainbow with a storm in the background which captured the theme so well. reminding me of the painted rainbows that popped up in windows around the world at the start of lockdown. 


Team Borderlines would like to thank Phil Rigby for his support in judging the competition this year. And, of course, thank you to all who entered the competition, and many congratulations to our winner!

Borderlines Book Festival has been developed through partnership working between public and private enterprise. The three partners are: Bookends of Carlisle; Cumbria County Council’s Library Service and Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust.

Bookends Cumbria County Council's Library Service Tullie House

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