The ‘banana man wins’ the 2023 title

Bananas Ashley

THE winner of our 2023 ‘Derbyshire’s Wonderful Flora & Fauna’ competition is Glyn Ashley, of Lawrence Road, North Wingfield, with his picture of bananas growing on the tree in his back garden this summer.

He said at the time:  “Five years ago, I transplanted my banana tree into the garden. Imagine my delight when last August it rewarded me with a flower and bananas.” 

The tree has also won Glyn a a meal for two at a top local restaurant and the chance to have more of his pictures featured in Reflections in 2024.

In second place was Alastair Newton, with his picture of two emu chicks at Matlock Farm Park. Now we know that emus are not native to the county – but these two are clearly Derbyshire residents now!

There was a three-way tie for third place: Dave Miller, of Chesterfield, with his picture of swans ‘posing’ at Holmebrook Country Park; Janice Dyson, of Wingerworth, with her image of  cute cygnets; and Lorraine Baker, of Matlock, with her photo of a sheep looking at the view from Derwent Edge.

Many, many thanks for all your votes.

Our 2024 competition details…

OUR 2024 readers’ photographic competition has a simple theme: it’s ‘Lovely Landscapes’.  Derbyshire is such a beautiful county, and there are so many lovely landscapes in it – and we want you to capture them.

The picture(s) you send must be taken in 2024 and must be in Derbyshire; and you can enter as many times as you like. We want entries from amateur snappers and not commercial photographers; and drone images will not be accepted. 

Please email your entries to, giving your full name and address, a contact telephone number and a description (including the date it was taken) of the image, which should be attached as a high-res jpeg. 

The winner will receive a meal for two at a top local restaurant, plus the chance to have a selection of their images published in Reflections.

The deadline for entries is noon on October 16, 2024… so there’s plenty of time to take a winning shot!