Dawn picture at Great Ridge was worth the wait

A derbyshire photographer has won a competion for his early morning shot over Mam Tor
A derbyshire photographer has won a competion for his early morning shot over Mam Tor

Three years of waiting proved to be winner for one photographer who gets up with the sparrows every day.

Derbyshire photographer Michael Cummins of Great Longstone, had climbed Mam Tor before 6am in the hope of getting a good shot.

He said: “There was a small strip of dense cloud blanketing the horizon just at the point where the sun would rise, so prospects didn’t look good.”

The predictable and unremarkable sunrise came and went but Michael settled a little lower down on the ridge and waited.

“Within minutes the whole sky turned orange and yellow as the sun burnt through the thin and billowing mist, creating an ever-changing vista.

“Once I saw this, my jaw dropped and I just knew this was going to be a very special morning. From over 800 days out taking photographs in the Peak District over the previous 3 years, I could see before me that these conditions were unique and exceptional.”

The image taken at the end of last month has now won the national Wex Photographic competition.