A picture of a lone sheep standing at the base of a sculpture in Yorkshire has won a national photography competition.


Picture credit: William Lawson

William Lawson’s picture was chosen by public vote as winner of the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2014 photography competition.

Entrants were tasked to submit photos of this year’s six museum of the year finalists.

William captured the image at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield, which went on to win the UK museum of the year title.

‘One morning, I was walking through the park and saw a lamb scratching on the base of Henry Moore’s “Large Spindle Piece”,’ said William, who has won a photography holiday in Italy.

‘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 finalists were chosen by a panel headed by photographer Henry Carroll, who said: ‘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.’