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Seaside tradition inspires photographer’s latest entry to 24-year project

A New Year seaside tradition inspired a regional daily photographer’s latest offering to a project which will take almost a quarter of a century to complete.

Sarah Brown, senior staff photographer at the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star, chose a family having fun on the beach as her contribution to the 24photography project.

The scheme features 24 photographers, including Sarah, submitting 24 sets of images taken on New Year’s Day each year.

The original group involved met in 2004 while studying on a postgraduate photography course at Central St Martin’s in London and the project has been running ever since.

Sarah Brown 2020

Sarah took her picture for this year at 11am on 1 January in Felixstowe, Suffolk.

She told HTFP: “Over the years, we have made it a tradition to head to the beach in Suffolk on New Year’s Day.

“2020 was no exception, with a picnic filled with joy and laughter the perfect way to mark the start of a new decade.”

This year’s submissions to the project are currently being exhibited in Soho Square, London and six of them are being auctioned in aid of SameYou, a charity which aims to increase access to neurology rehabilitation services following brain injuries.

Here is a selection of them.

thumbnail_02.00_Claire_Spreadbury_While_Angels_Sleep(website) thumbnail_13-00 Ray Malcolm - Fall back (website)

New Year's Day 2020.

thumbnail_17.00 GMT (24.00 Local) David Mazza (website) thumbnail_1200 Colin Blackstock - A Vision softly creeping