Yorkshire brewery reveals winner of pub life competition
A photograph taken in one of Bradford’s most historic pubs has been named as the winner of a pub photography competition organised by one of Yorkshire’s leading craft breweries.
The image – featuring Yorkshire musicians The 309s – was taken in The New Beehive in central Bradford by amateur photographer and real ale fan Rob Walsh, from Shipley, West Yorkshire.
The New Beehive is one of around just 150 across the UK listed in CAMRA’s National Inventory for pubs with outstanding historical character.
The winning image was picked out from dozens of entries by the judges in Saltaire Brewery’s ‘Pride in Pub Life’ competition.
Rob Walsh received his £250 cash prize at a special presentation evening at The New Beehive, and the pub’s landlord, William Wagstaff, was presented with a framed print of the photo.
Tony Gartland, head brewer at Saltaire Brewery, said: “The competition celebrated all aspects of the great British pub. The judges loved Rob’s photo because it so clearly captured the warm and welcoming atmosphere that epitomises the very best of our pubs.”
Rob Walsh said: “I had never entered a photography competition before and had been invited to take photos of The 309s for their new album cover when I heard about the competition.
“I’m delighted other people like the photo, and that The New Beehive’s landlord, William Wagstaff, will give it pride of place in the front bar.”
Cash prizes also went to runners-up Richard Marsden (for his image of a happy drinker at the Cross Hills Conservative Club in Keighley, West Yorkshire) and Roger Scales, who entered a photograph
of a sun-drenched pint next to a loch in Applecross, western Scotland.