Electrician shortlisted for national photography competition

Raymond Hutcheon's photo of Roker Pier, shortlisted in Countryfile Magazine Awards 2012 for reader photo of the year.
Raymond Hutcheon's photo of Roker Pier, shortlisted in Countryfile Magazine Awards 2012 for reader photo of the year.
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AN electrician got a shock when he found out he’d been shortlisted in a photography competition that he didn’t even enter.

Raymond Hutcheon, from Roker, stumbled upon his success by accident when he read it in his favourite magazine, Countryfile.

Raymond Hutcheon from Roker is in the running for a photography competition run by the BBC Countryfile Magazine.

Raymond Hutcheon from Roker is in the running for a photography competition run by the BBC Countryfile Magazine.

The 51-year-old regularly takes photos but just does it as a hobby, so he was delighted to find out he’s been picked as a finalist.

The father-of-three’s photo of Roker Pier was chosen by the Countryfile Magazine Awards 2012 for the shortlist for reader photo of the year.

He said: “ I was so shocked. I was just reading the magazine and there was my name. I’m still amazed now.

“I take photos as a hobby as I do a lot of walking, so I take photos all of the time, but I am far from a professional.

“I have had my photos in the Echo a few times and I send them in to Tyne Tees News as well.

“The photo that I sent in to Countryfile was just a photo I had taken on a day out. It was of Roker Pier with the waves crashing up.

“I only sent it in as a ‘day out’ photo. I never thought it would be shortlisted for a competition.

“My family are really pleased for me. My daughters Stephanie and Rachael have been telling everyone about it.”

Ray admits that while he takes the photos, his wife Susan, 49, has a good eye and gives him advice on which ones look best.

“People keep telling me that I should make some money from it. I have a few weddings for friends, but I don’t charge them anything. I’ve been told that the photos I take are just as good as the professionals.

“I have more than 200 photos of Durham and Sunderland on a website called Pictures of England. Maybe one day I will be able to make some money from it, but for now it’s still just a hobby.”

His photo of Roker Pier has been shortlisted among 10 hopefuls and people can vote online at http://www.countryfile.com/awardsvote

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