Durham Riverside Renewal

Milburngate unveil winning images from its Lumiere photography competition



Milburngate has unveiled the stunning images from the winners of its Lumiere festival photography competition.

Scooping the prize for the best overall Lumiere photo was Elizabeth Woods from Waterhouses in County Durham, a singing teacher for Durham Music Service, for her shot of the Harmonic Portal installation.

The Harmonic Portal, a piece by Durham-based artist, Chris Plant was a mesmerising meditation on sound, light and texture, located at Castle Chare and Tenter Terrace, next to St Godric’s Church.

The photograph, which was taken on Elizabeth’s mobile phone, portrays the beauty of the colour and light installation and includes the silhouette of her 12-year-old son Jonathan Woods.

Elizabeth Woods said: “The installation was beautiful and constantly changing colours, but this vibrant image stood out to me from all the photos I had taken. I am absolutely delighted to win and overwhelmed with all the social media shares and public response received through the voting process.”

The competition also offered a prize to the best image of the Milburngate-sponsored installation, Mysticète, created by design agency Top ‘la’ Design, led by creative director Catherine Garret.

The winner, Hilary Ratcliffe, a first time Lumiere visitor from Whitley Bay, is an examiner and tutor, and a keen wildlife and bird photographer.

Her spectacular winning image, taken on a Canon 5D Mark iv, captured the stunning and strikingly life-like apparition of the whale emerging from the River Wear next to the Milburngate development site. 

Hilary Ratcliffe said: “I am amazed, I love wildlife photography, but I never thought I would win my first competition with an image of a whale that’s not really there! However, the detail in the design of Mysticète really brought it to life and was a pleasure to capture on camera.”

More than 300 entries were submitted to Milburngate, with a shortlist displayed online before being judged by a Milburngate panel led by Gary Lintern, who specialises in dark sky photography. Both winners picked up a prize of £250 worth of vouchers for Ramside Hall hotel and spa.

Gary Lintern said: “It’s not easy to take such great images at night and we were very impressed with the superb quality of submission for the competition and after much deliberation were able to agree on the final two exquisite winning photographs.

“Many congratulations to both Elizabeth and Hilary for capturing the essence of the spectacular artwork installations of Lumiere 2019 in the beautiful city of Durham”.

Matt Leigh, who is responsible for the marketing of Milburngate said: “We always work hard to make the most of our Lumiere sponsorship and our photography competition was the perfect opportunity for the general public to showcase their skills in a way that captured the real beauty of the festival. We were delighted to receive so many superb entries and I hope people will agree that the two winning images really are worthy of taking first place in their respective categories.”



For further information contact Jamie Collis 01325 363436

Editor’s Notes:

Durham Riverside Renewal

The development consortium consists of Arlington Real Estate and the Richardson family.

The project includes the regeneration of Freemans Reach and the redevelopment of Milburngate House, which are on adjacent banks of the River Wear in the heart of Durham City.

According to the Sunday Times’ ‘Best Places to Live’ listing:

“Durham is a lovely place to live. Beneath its glorious cathedral, you’ll find pretty cobbled streets stuffed with little independent shops and great watering holes, a beautiful river that carves its way through dramatic walls of rock and greenery, and some attractive house stock – along with a thriving buy-to-let market, thanks to all those students. One of the nicest places to live is South Street, which looks directly onto the cathedral and castle, and which inspired Sir Walter Scott. Many of its terraced houses are grade II listed; prices range from £400,000 to more than £1m.”

About Arlington Real Estate

Arlington Real Estate is also delivering another flagship County Durham development, DurhamGate. Located five miles south of Durham City, DurhamGate is on the site of Black & Decker’s former UK headquarters and, at almost 100 acres, it is among the largest regeneration projects in the North East of England

About Richardson

Richardson is a multi-generation family business with over half a century of real estate experience in the UK and overseas. Working across all sectors, they have developed well in excess of seven million square feet of property. Recent projects include Nickel, junction 28 off the M1, a new spec build 261,000 sq ft warehouse, Western 105, Avonmouth, a new spec build 105,500 sq ft warehouse, Freemans Reach, a 110,000 sq ft office development in Durham, Lincoln Gateway, a £28m, 519 bed student accommodation scheme. More recently the family has continued to expand its operations by building an international growth capital portfolio across a range of sectors through a direct and co-investment programme.

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Elizabeth Woods’ photo of Harmonic Portal featuring her son Jonathan
Elizabeth Woods’ photo of Harmonic Portal featuring her son Jonathan
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Hilary Ratcliffe’s winning photo of Mysticète
Hilary Ratcliffe’s winning photo of Mysticète
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