Life through a lens legacy in Ottery set to continue as town launches Phyllis photo competition as a lasting tribute

The photographic legacy of a champion of all-things Ottery St Mary is set to continue thanks to the launch of an annual competition.

Through her own passion for photography, former Broad Street TIC manager Phyllis Baxter kept a well-documented record of the town, its people and events, which continued until her death in 2018, aged 73.

The Friends of Phyllis Baxter recently announced a yearly photo competition in a bid to continue the ’well-documented’ legacy she left to Ottery.

Entries are being taken from now until January 5, 2022, with the theme Ottery at Christmas time.


Photo competition organisers hope for ‘hundreds’ of new images.
Phot: with permission.

The competition is open to anyone aged 18 years and over, for residents living in the greater Ottery St Mary rural area, including the EX11 postcode.

Josefina Gori, Friends of Phyllis Baxter spokeswoman, said: “Phyllis Baxter’s biggest passion was photography. Thanks to that passion we now have a well-documented photographic legacy from Ottery, its hidden treasures, its events, its people and, above all, the way Phyllis captured her love for the town through the lenses of her camera.”

She added: “The competition will be a yearly one, covering every time a different subject in order to continue that legacy left by Phyllis and capturing those important moments lived by our town and its residents that has made of Ottery a unique place in the South West.”

Reminiscing about Phyllis’s passion for the town gave the friends group the idea for the photography competition launch.


The photo competition has been launched to continue Phyllis Baxter’s (pictured here) legacy of documenting the town’s events and people through her love of photography.
Photo: with permission.

Josefina said: “The memories gave the members of the action group the idea of this photographic competition with the intention of inspiring others as it had inspired Phyllis through the years she lived in Ottery, to register the interesting sights of this town at this very special time of the year.”

It is hoped entries will boost Ottery’s photo collection and create an ongoing record to add to Phyllis’s existing archive.

Josefina said Ottery at Christmas would give keen photographers the chance ‘to take hundreds of photos because there will be many opportunities to do so’.


The photo competition is open until January 5, 2022.

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