A VISIT to Chatsworth can conjure up a whole host of visions to different people judging by the hundreds of entries to the Derbyshire stately home’s inaugural photography competition...

Winning entry in the  Chatsworth Photography Competition by Sheffield-born Lisa Green
Winning entry in the Chatsworth Photography Competition by Sheffield-born Lisa Green

They came from all over the UK and showed Chatsworth through the eyes of the visitor over the years and throughout the seasons.

Each followed the simple brief: to capture outdoor pictures of the Chatsworth estate. It was the dream-like quality of a photo of the house at sunset that caught the eye of the panel of judges who included the Duchess of Devonshire.

Sheffield-born novice photographer Lisa Green, who has been a regular visitor to Chatsworth since she was five, was the winner of the adult category with a shot depicting a statue gazing at the house under a winter sunset.

In a personal letter to the winner the Duchess said her image had “dream-like qualities and evoked such a wonderful reaction from the judges.”

Lisa, who lives in Peterborough, said: “I’ve always wanted to take up photography but never had the money to buy the camera I wanted. I’d visited Chatsworth with my parents in the summer and took some pictures on my mobile phone.

“My boyfriend is a camera operator and noticed I had an eye for a good picture. He helped me to buy my own camera and taught me how to use it, so without him I don’t know if I would have been able to enter the competition.

“Chatsworth is my favourite place in Derbyshire, so when I saw the competition I had to try and enter a photograph. In the future I hope to turn my hobby into a full-time job.”

Her parents still live in Sheffield and she added: “Every time I visit I badger my parents to take me to Chatsworth and every time we drive down the hill to Chatsworth I have a warm fuzzy feeling inside.

“Chatsworth is without a doubt the most idyllic and alluring place I’ve ever seen. Whenever I think of Chatsworth it makes me think of home.”

James Kenmore, aged 12, from Worksop was the winner of the under-16 category with his picture of Chatsworth House and its vast landscape under a huge bright sky.

In her letter to James the Duchess remarked that it was “an excellent image which captured the grandeur of the house against the backdrop of the park and fantastic cloud formations.”

The two winners receive a host of prizes including vouchers to spend on Canon photography equipment at Harrison Cameras in Sheffield, as well as Gold Family Friends membership to Chatsworth.

Chatsworth’s Stephanie Cliffe said: “We were overwhelmed with the volume and outstanding quality of the entries and we very much enjoyed looking through all the photos.

“There were some magnificent images that showed Chatsworth in all its glory. Congratulations to everyone who took part.”

The 10 shortlisted images picked by the judges, who also included Lord Burlington and Derbyshire Life editor Joy Hales, will be displayed in The Stables at Chatsworth from this weekend.