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Search launched to find best view of Burghley

A stunning photo of Burghley House has taken top prize in a national photo competition - and it’s inspired us to launch our search for the best photo of Burghley.

Emma Sanders, who snapped the photo during the Burghley Horse Trials in September, entered the Britain’s best rural view photo competition, which was sponsored by Calor Gas in conjunction with BBC Countryfile Magazine and Forest Holidays.

Emma Sanders' winning photo of Burghley (5129717)
Emma Sanders' winning photo of Burghley (5129717)

Her photo, entitled Burghley House fly-by, was crowned the public vote winner.

Emma, who lives in Scothern in north Lincolnshire, said: “I was spectating at the 2018 Burghley House Horse Trials, which I always attend as it’s quite local and has such beautiful surroundings.

“It was during the evening I’d noticed how beautiful the sky looked and decided it was worthy of a photo. To catch the birds in formation was a surprise but it really added to the image.”

Emma’s success in the competition has now inspired us to launch the search for the best photo of our beautiful Burghley.

And the winner of this inaugural competition will get to toast their success, with a champagne afternoon tea for two in the Orangery at Burghley House.

Mercury editor Kerry Coupe said: “Emma’s photo is undoubtedly beautiful but we get sent photos of Burghley House in every season, every week and we are sure our readers can do just as well, if not even better!

“Any photo taken on the Burghley estate can be submitted - it doesn’t have to be the house itself, it could be the gardens, the sculptures or the wildlife.It could be a photo you take this weekend or it could be an impressive one from a few years back. Night or day, it doesn’t matter when the photo was taken - just choose one that encompasses all you love about

“Every photo entered will be published over the coming weeks and we can’t wait to see Burghley House and its grounds in all their wonderful glory.

“I think our judges are going to be in for a difficult task!”

Readers, who want to enter the competition, should e-mail their photo, which must be at least 1MB in resolution to: smeditor@stamfordmercury.co.uk with ‘Best Burghley photo competition’ in the subject line.

Readers must submit their full name, address, telephone number and a brief description of the photograph, in order for it to be eligible for entry. Only one photo per reader can be submitted.

The closing date for entries is Friday, December 7, and the competition will be judged by Mercury photographer Lee Hellwing and a representative of Burghley House.

The winner will be unveiled in our Friday, December 21, edition.

Burghley would also be able to use the photo for its own marketing purposes, both online and in print, during the competition and afterwards.

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