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Durham First

My Favourite Place

In the last issue of Durham First, we asked you to send in an image of your favourite place, wherever that was in the world, with a brief explanation of where it was and why it is your favourite place. Thank you to all of you who submitted a photograph for this competition - Durham alumni clearly like to travel!

Bill Bryson very kindly agreed to pick his favourite photograph and has chosen Chateau Bellenau, Normandy, by John Andrew.

My Favourite Place competition image

Chateau Bellenau has exquisite gardens, and this beautiful ornamental lake, captured at dawn earlier this month. My wife and daughter had gone for a dawn row across the lake. The picture is as the lens saw it - there is no doctoring.

Bill explained: "There really are some wonderful images and it was quite a task to choose a winner. The pictures show not only some of planet earth's most breathtaking sights, but also capture moments of great intrigue and emotion. John's image of his wife and daughter rowing in Normandy seems like a personal reflection of an intimate family moment and the vectors of dawn sunshine frame the subjects perfectly to provide a snapshot of holiday bliss."

So congratulations to our winner, John Andrew, who will receive a signed edition of one of Bill Bryson's books.

Please go to Durham First Online to view the ‘My Favourite Place Gallery' which will take you on a stunning trip around the world:

Memories of Durham

For our next reader submissions we invite you to share a memory of your time as a student at Durham University. This could either be a photograph with a caption or just a description (no more than 100 words).

Send in your memories to

or mail them to:
Publications Officer
Development & Communications
University Office, Old Elvet
Durham DH1 3HP

Memories of Durham

Durham Cathedral from the River Wear
We invite you to share a memory of your time as a student at Durham University. See the Memories of Durham section for further details on how to submit your photographs.