2nd place award for Photographer of the Year 2009.
A photographic study of seaside life in the North of England as the year leads into the summer months and people travel to the coastal towns desperate for some sign of the warmer weather to come.
This image was taken in Whitby, dominated by the ruins of St. Hilda's Abbey, high on Whitby's East Cliff. Below Whitby a maze of alleyways and narrow streets run down to the busy quayside. From the old town of Whitby, 199 steps lead up to the parish church of St. Mary, whose churchyard on Whitby's East Cliff gave Bram Stoker the inspiration to write his world famous book, Dracula .