The 2021 Winchester Cathedral Christmas Photo Competition

The 2021 Winchester Cathedral Christmas Photo Competition

This year, Winchester Cathedral invites you to take part in the 2021 Christmas Photo Competition.

Whether you are a photography enthusiast or just enjoy taking a few snaps on your phone, all are welcome to enter. 

The goal is to try and encapsulate the wonder and light of Christmas as much as possible in your photo.

To enter:

  • Take a photo of any of the Christmas offerings (for example the Christmas Market, Cathedral, Christmas Tower Tour, Gift Shop or Cafe)
  • Upload your best photograph(s) to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook
  • Make sure to tag the Winchester Cathedral page
  • Use the hashtag #WonderAndLight

    It's that easy! Unlimited entries are permitted.

There will be 3 winners, 1 from each platform (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), the winning photographs will be shared on the Winchester Cathedral social media pages with the names of each winner. 

The prizes include:

  • 4 X Tower Tour Tickets
  • Small gift hamper worth £30 from the Winchester Cathedral Gift Shop
  • Gift Card worth £30 to spend at the Winchester Cathedral Cafe

Each winner will win 1 of the above prizes, the prize for each winner will be selected by Winchester Cathedral. 

All prizes to be claimed in person.

The closing date of this competition is the 21st December at 23:59 GMT.

Terms and conditions apply. For full T&C please visit:  Winchester Cathedral reserves the right to amend the competition in unforeseen circumstances.


For details on last year's competition, please see below: 

With over 250 entries from across Hampshire, the 2020 Poetry Burst competition was judged by the distinguished poets Wendy Cope and Lachlan Mackinnon.

The competition was open to any Hampshire resident of any age, and to schools and colleges within the Diocese of Winchester. It was split into four age groups; lower primary, upper primary, secondary and open, and was entitled ‘This Christmas’ – providing entrants with an opportunity to reflect on what Christmas means to them.

The winners for each age group are as follows:


Lower Primary: Alex Steen, aged 6, The Pilgrims’ School

Judges’ comment: We like Alex's concern for others, the 'whizzing' of Santa's sleigh, and the effective separation of the last line.

I Hope Santa gives us presents this Christmas Eve?
Santa's sleigh whizzing past
Lonely people are locked in their houses
What if they not have a stocking?

Will we have snow?
We could build a snowman
Will all the people have enough money... buy a Christmas tree, a star and baubles?

I pray to God that they do.


Upper Primary: Adam Shepherd, aged 9, St Francis C of E Primary School, Chandlers Ford

Judges’ comment: We congratulate Adam on this accomplished acrostic. We enjoyed 'teaching Zoom to Gran', and we like his mention of key workers and of staying safe.

This Christmas

This Christmas may not be the same
However hard we try
In Bethlehem a King was born
Salvation from on high

Coronavirus affects us all
Has changed our Christmas plan
Restricting contact keeps us safe, and
I’m teaching Zoom to Gran
Self isolation, distancing
That won’t stop us having fun
Many thanks to all the keyworkers
And there’s better times to come
So Merry Christmas one and all, and stay safe everyone


Secondary: Erin Rumsey, aged 12, Toynbee School

Judges’ comment: Erin's variation on Robert Frost's original is effective, well-considered and a pleasure to read.

This Christmas

Whose sleigh is that? I think I know!
The owner is quite cheery though,
Full of joy like a flurry of snow,
I watch him laugh ho! ho! ho!

The sleigh is jolly , magic and deep,
He has promises which he must keep,
Gingerbread biscuits and lots of sleep,
Sugarplum fairies, dance and they leap.

He rises from his comfy bed,
With thoughts of mince pies in his head,
He puts his red hat apon his head,
Preparing for the night ahead.


We would also like to commend the entry by Jamie See, St Swithuns’ School


Open: Ann Lewin

Judges’ comment: This is a beautiful and moving Christmas poem, which makes strong use of the ancient acrostic. It deserves to be set to music.

This Christmas

In this bleak midwinter
He will come:

Embracing us in love,
Re-ordering our priorities,
Opening our hearts to hope;

Comforting us in sorrow,
Rescuing us from despair,
Accepting us in weakness,
Surprising us with joy.

Nothing can cancel Christmas
He will come: The dawn of light
No darkness can destroy.


We would also like to commend the entry by Ellora Sutton.