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Photography competition for our Living Castle season

17 November 2016

Throughout September and October, as part of our Living Castle season, we invited visitors to take photos of their favourite views from the castle, to be posted on social media channels using #livingcastle. As opposed to the iconic views of the castle, the #livingcastle photography competition encouraged visitors to capture views from and within the castle. Our panel of judges led by the Castle Steward of St Michael's Mount were looking for the unusual, a new perspective, or a rare view.

We would like to thank everyone who entered their photos into the competition. We received over 130 beautiful images via our social media channels, making it a difficult task for our Castle Steward to decide on just three winners.

Image 1 - Pete Keel, London: 'St Michael's Mount was a delight to visit with great opportunities to capture the architecture and beautiful light, that were around just about every corner! The chapel provided perfect symmetry, with beautiful light through the stained glass, and the added bonus of the organ at one end and the beautiful wooden roof structure appearing in this picture at the other. My wife's red coat neatly offset the stranger's green outfit too!'

"This particular photograph captured our attention as it is an unusual and innovative image of the church." - Castle Steward

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Image 2 - Anne Simpson, Radstock: 'My husband and I toured the castle on 19th October 2016. After turning out of the Garrison Room, I captured the image of The Long Passage Way quickly before it began to fill with people. I found the lighting very inspiring and loved the contrast of the dark floor against the light painted walls. I felt like it was a hidden aspect of the castle as it used to be used as a Cloister for the priory. If I was living in the castle, this passage would be a greatly used thinking space.'

"A rarely photographed internal view of the castle. This tunnel is underneath the church and leads from the Garrison room to the museum. Great composition and use of lighting." - Castle Steward

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Image 3 - Timothy Vaughan, : 'My partner and I came to St Michael's Mount while on holiday in Cornwall with her family to celebrate our recent engagement. I insisted that we visit the Mount as I spent a deal of time studying early Norman texts produced by the monks of Mont Sant-Michel in Normandy while studying my history degree and was very interested to see what remained of their Cornish counterpart. We had a brilliant time and it was the highlight of our trip.I thought a short poem may accompany the picture perfectly.'

'Load the cannons and hear the shout,

Keep the Penzance Pirates out,

There's no safer fast I have no doubt,

Than the hall atop St Michael's Mount' 

"Interesting perspective from the castle's cannon battery through to Penzance. Great colour - cracking shot!" - Castle Steward

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