06:02AM, Friday 09 November 2012
A dramatic shot of canoeists powering through the water at Dorney Lake ahead of the Olympic Games has been chosen as the winner of a photography competition.
Former rowing coach Patrick White, of Kingswood Court in Maidenhead, said he was working as a volunteer at the Marsh Lane venue when he took the picture.
He said: "The shot was taken while they were practising in late July, but I was struck by their look of sheer grit and will to win.
"I love the expressions on their faces and the movement of the blades and water splashes."
The 61-year-old beat off competition from more than 60 entries to be crowned winner of the competition organised by Countryside Properties, developer of Cliveden Village in Taplow, and the Maidenhead Camera Club.
Patrick, who has been a member of the club for more than six years, took home £300 worth of Jessop’s vouchers which he said will help him buy a new camera lens.
The competition was organised to celebrate the Cliveden Estate as well as the surrounding areas and entries were submitted into three categories including landscapes, plants and animals, and people.
The former professional photographer, who brought his first camera in 1978, was also named as winner of the Sport in Focus photography competition in June.
He added: "Although the shot wasn't premeditated, I thought it represented one of the most important events to happen in our local area this year.
"But I was surprised to find out I had won."
All of the entries are due to go on display at one of the village’s show homes in Cliveden Road.
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