SAFE’s work helping people to recover from painful times and move forward is to benefit from the money raised from the sale of photos inspired by that very process.

A photographic competition was organised by Honiton artist Martin Staniforth, who has also created a sculpture from the burned timbers of the Royal Clarence Hotel, designed to represent hope and renewal.

The competition, with the same theme, attracted around 100 entries and a panel of judges chose 11 winners, who had interpreted the subject in many different ways.

Some were inspired by nature and new life, others by the passage of time and its power to bring about change.

The winning photos were displayed at a private view and prize-giving in early June and are now being put on show in various locations over the next few months:

  • The Beehive in Honiton June 17 – July 9
  • Teignmouth Lighthouse July 22 – Sep 13
  • Glorious Art House Exeter Sep 29 – Oct 5.

Any gallery owners who are interested in exhibiting them should contact Martin at [email protected]

The 11 Hope & Renewal Photo Winners

Fledglings -Rosemarie Boon

Hands of Generations – Anthony Rowe

Life from Death – Alison Jackson-Bass


Looking up to the light - Sarah-Louise Bedford

Perseverance – Zorro Kwok Liu Cheung

Seeds of hope – Claire Down


Catching the Breeze by Fiona Hackman


From the burnt embers life emerges – Dianne Giles

Pink Ladies – Ellie Robinson-Carter

From the old arises a new generation – Jonathan Page

 Pink Ladies – Ellie Robinson-Carter

Photo of the Hope & Renewal sculpture * not part of photo competition

The framed photos will eventually be sold for £70 each with all the money going to SAFE.

We and Martin Staniforth are very grateful to the local businesses who donated generous prizes for the winning photographers – namely, Michael Spiers jewellers, Cadastre, Pizza Express, Cote Brasserie and Choccie Bar.

We also thank the panel who judged the winning entries, namely Deborah Clark and Stuart Crewes from Art Week Exeter; Val Wilson, Arts & Events manager at Exeter City Council; Adam Spiers, director at Michael Spiers; and Anna Britten, editor of Exeter Living magazine.