STAN Baston is the winner of this season’s Suffolk FA Grassroots Photograph of the Season competition sponsored by Lockdales.
The 76-year-old’s winning entry was a photograph of Henry Barley, on loan from Ipswich Town, celebrating scoring for Felixstowe & Walton United away to Coggeshall Town in the Bostik League North Division in April.
Stan’s winning photograph is pictured below:
Runner-up was Michael Mann for his airborne shot of Louie Hyde of Salvation Army Saints Under-15s clearing the ball versus Woodbridge in March 2019.
Michael’s second-placed entry is pictured below:
Third place went to last year’s winner Paul Leech for his image of Woodbridge Town’s Luke Mallett celebrating his winning goal versus Whitton United in March 2019.
Paul’s third-placed photograph is pictured below:
Paul's entry just pipped a photograph submitted by Paul Voller into fourth place in the competition which is organised in conjunction with Archant Ltd, publishers of the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star.
This year’s entries were judge by Liza Machan, Head of Photography & Design at Lockdales, Ross Halls, Visual Sports Specialist at Archant, and Nick Garnham, Marketing & Communications Officer at Suffolk FA. The judges are pictured above (left to right) Nick Garnham, Liza Machan and Ross Halls.
Liza Machan said: “It was a privilege to get the chance to look at everybody’s entries, and it was a real struggle to select the third place photograph this year.”
Ross remarked: “The quality of the photographs entered was better than last year – people have definitely upped their game!
“As a sports photographer I would be pretty happy if I had taken any of the top three photographs.”
Nick added: “We were unanimous in our opinion that Stan’s photograph was the winning shot this year, but I would like to thank everyone who took the time and trouble to enter the competition and Lockdales once again for sponsoring it.”