Our annual photo contest aims to get the best shots of arborists at work to help promote the industry and its professionals further afield. This year we received over 250 entries through e-mail and our social media platforms and an amazing 419 votes were cast to decide the winner!
Once again, a fantastic range of entries demonstrated some of the amazing locations that make up an arborists’ office and the variety of technical skills required in their day-to-day work.
We narrowed the entries down to 10 finalists and put it to a vote on Facebook. The result clearly showed that there was a favourite among voters as we had a runaway winner, but it was a close finish for podium spots as 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place had only a few votes between them.
The winner of #ARBatWork 2020 was John Hancock, a freelance photographer and lecturer in Arboriculture with 29.1% of the votes for his stunning Arial Rescue photo!
The photo, taken in 2019 features Dominic Pearce and Nabil Ahmed undergoing aerial rescue training. The students were in their final year at Pershore College, studying towards their level 3 technical diploma in Arboriculture.
Both students graduated in the summer with Dominic gaining a distinction and Nabil a merit.
The photographer, John Hancock, a lecturer in Arboriculture and also a passionate photographer has been working in the industry for over 20 years. John states:
“I often bring the camera into college to capture student progress. Photography is a great medium for recording and promoting student progress.”
Tree Frog, a Tree Surgery business from Suffolk came in 2nd and 3rd for their fantastic entries gaining 17.9% of the vote for their shot from below, and 16.9% for their cool boat shot. An honourable mention to Tom Newbury who came in a close 4th with 14.8% of the vote.
Removal of a large pine, the photo was taken whilst chogging down the stem with some lovely sky’s.
The picture features work done on the deadwood of a large willow tree using all means possible including the use of the client's boat!
Thank you to all our finalists and to everyone who entered and voted. Entries for #ARBatWork 2021 will open in February 2021, so keep snapping photos and good luck next year.
Congratulations to John Hancock who wins a FREE year’s membership with the Arboricultural Association and to the rest of the finalists whose photos will feature in the next issue of the ARB Magazine!
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