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Waterfront Reflections: and the #winner is...

Walton mechanic's Instragram snap puts Liverpool in frame for whole year

Published on February 26th 2015.

Picture By @Carlyates_ Celebrates 300 Years Of The World's Oldest Commercial DockThe winning picture By Carl Yeates


THIS image of Liverpool Waterfront, captured by a 44-year-old mechanic from Walton, has been chosen to represent the site of Liverpool's Old Dock during its 300 year anniversary.

The picture of the Three Graces’ by night with lights reflected on the River Mersey was taken by Carl Yeates.

His Instagram image was chosen from over a 1,000 submissions from across the world as part of a competition to find an image which epitomises the beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Launched by Liverpool Waterfront Business Partnership, members of the public were asked to post images taken of or at Liverpool Waterfront to Instagram using the hashtag #WaterfrontReflections.

The first post from the public was posted by celebrity photographer Conor McDonnell whose image of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s wedding kiss became the most liked picture on Instagram ever.

Conor Mcdonnell And Ellie Goulding 2Conor McDonnell And Ellie Goulding Liverpool-born Conor was also on the judging panel to choose the winning image.

Dad of three Carl said:  “I am absolutely over the moon that I have won. I first got into photography when I got proper camera about three years ago. I like taking all kinds of different shots when I can, especially of landscapes and architecture, but I like to mix it up to keep things interesting. 

“I love taking pictures of the waterfront because of all the changes it has seen over the years, and I like to show a different perspective on the area. The light and the reflections from the water make great photos.”

2015 marks several maritime anniversaries for Liverpool including that of the first transatlantic voyage by Cunard (175 years) and of the world’s first commercial enclosed wet dock (300 years).


Conor Mcdonnell Waterfront ReflectionsCeleb snapper Conor McDonnell Waterfront Reflections

Sue Grindrod, director and chair of Liverpool Waterfront Business Partnership, says: “We were absolutely thrilled with the number of entries the competition attracted, and not just from people in Liverpool, but from all over the world. 

“We loved Carl’s shot for the way he captured the beauty and the ambience of the waterfront, showcasing the old and new, and the clever use of the light reflecting on the water was really atmospheric.”

Carl’s prize includes a package of Waterfront experiences as well as an exclusive Liverpool Waterfront portrait taken by Conor McDonnell, who has photographed celebrities including Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding and Calvin Harris.

A selection of other entries below. See the lot here.

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