Sheepish snap wins Museum of the Year photography competition

Your votes have been counted and the results are in – William Lawson has won this year's competition with his brilliant picture of Museum of the Year finalist Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Lawson's picture captures an errant sheep standing on the base of Henry Moore's Large Spindle Piece at its home in the hills near Wakefield.

Lawson said: 'The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a very important place to me – my parents took me as a baby and it was my favourite place to visit when I was growing up. I always made sure to return whenever I was home from university – it’s a brilliant place to relax.

'One morning, I was walking through the park and saw a lamb scratching on the base of the Henry Moore sculpture. It summed up YSP perfectly for me. I knew Henry Moore loved sheep – something that I share with him, being a recently graduated veterinary surgeon – making it an even more fitting shot.

'By the time I’d moved into position, the lamb had raised its head to look out over the field, completing the scene and giving a lovely contrast between the small, white, fuzzy lamb and the huge, dark, smooth sculpture.'

The six finalists were chosen by a panel of judges and then put to a public vote. This year's head judge was Frui co-founder Henry Carroll, a photographer and writer whose work has been featured in Time Out, Creative Review, Next Level, the Royal Society of Photography Magazine, The London Paper, City AM and A-N Magazine. 

Carroll said of the picture: 'Some photos just hit the mark and need no explanation. This lovely observation is certainly one of them. Where would you find a sheep standing on a masterpiece? Only at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.'

Lawson's prize is a photography holiday in Italy courtesy of Frui and publication of his winning picture in Art Quarterly's Autumn 2014 issue. In addition, he and the other five finalists will also receive a National Art Pass, a copy of Carroll's book Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs and £50 of Blurb vouchers.

This year, photographers aged 17 and under were also able to take part in the competition. The judges chose Hannah Dunsmore as winner of the Museum of the Year young photographers competition for her picture of Tate Britain's newly refurbished domed roof and rotunda balcony.

The winner of the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year will be announced on the evening of Wednesday 9 July following the Museums Summit. The finalists for this year's prize are Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Hayward Gallery, Mary Rose Museum, Sainsbury Centre for Visual ArtsTate Britain and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Find out more about the finalists at artfund.org/prize.

Venue details

Yorkshire Sculpture Park West Bretton West Yorkshire WF4 4LG 01924 832631 www.ysp.co.uk

Entry details

Free to all

Summer

Daily, 10am – 6pm

Winter

Daily, 10am – 5pm

Closed 24 – 25 Dec

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