The artful politician picks up the prize

May 29 2018
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She’s better known in South Gloucestershire as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats on the council.

But councillor Claire Young has an artful side - and not in a House of Cards way.

In her spare time she’s a keen photographer specialising in landscapes.  A picture she took of a Welsh mountain has won second prize in a photographic competition.

Claire Young entered the wintry view of Sugar Loaf near Abergavenny in a competition run by magazine publisher CariAds Local Ltd, which asked for photos depicting scenes in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The photo will feature on the January page of their 2019 calendar and in an exhibition later this year.

Claire said: "Getting out in the countryside and taking photos is a great way to switch off for a few hours from the stresses of day to day life. I take photos for my own enjoyment and to record my walks so it's an added bonus to have them recognised in this way. I am looking forward to attending the exhibition and seeing my photo on display alongside the other winning entries."

It’s not the first time Claire's photographs have caught a competition judge's eye. Her autumnal photo of the Kennet and Avon Canal entitled "Reflections" won 1st prize in the 2014 VisitWiltshire/Wiltshire Life photographic competition.