The best of North East coastal photography
PUBLISHED: 23:00 25 July 2012 | UPDATED: 21:40 20 February 2013
People from the length of our region have recorded a year in the life of the North East coast
Children have helped create a book of stunning pictures which record a year in the life of the North East coast.
The project aimed to capture the seasonal changes, festivals and key events along the coastline from Berwick to Middlesbrough though photographs, drawings and poems.
More than 4000 entries were submitted to Sea Change NE, a year-long project led by Newcastle Universitys Dove Marine Laboratory.
Susan Gebbels, from School of Marine Science and Technology, who led the project, said: The original aim was to encourage young people to go outside and to engage with their environment and their coastline. We were overwhelmed by the response not only by the quantity of submissions but also the quality and diversity of the contributions.
Our seas and coastlines are not only beautiful, they are also important to the ecology of our planet and to our economy. This book is not just about the pictures its about getting us all to think about the sea and what we are doing to it, how it is changing and how we might all work to protect it.
We are very fortunate in this region that our coast is so diverse and the key thing we found throughout this project was that people really love the coast and are passionate about it. There is a real drive to preserve it and to keep it wild.
A dozen schools from along the coast were invited to take part and Newcastle Universitys Marine Education Officer Annie Cunningham said: We asked each school to produce work that represented how their school is connected with their local coast. Each school was allocated a month and their work has been included at the start of each chapter.
Images include dramatic sea shots, family snaps and pictures of our industrial heritage as well as drawings and poems from the participating school children.
The project was funded by Newcastle University and Durham Heritage Coast, and all profits from the sales of the book will go to The Natural History Society of Northumbria to help fund their work engaging families and young people with the natural world.
The book costs 14.99 and can be ordered online at http://tinyurl.com/
The print version of this article appeared in the August 2012 issue of North East Life
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