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Gary Sadler: The Storm, 2014, all rights reserved

A photograph of Pevensey Bay, by local resident Gary Sadler, looks set to be seen by many more people in the country.

The mainstream media comes looking for local landmarks to accompany their travel, property, history and Sussex-by-the-Sea articles and features that include Pevensey Bay, ‘the hidden jewel in the crown of Sussex’.

The photograph by Pevensey Bay resident, Gary Sadler, winner of a local photography competition in 2014, may end up being seen in publications like the Metro, Telegraph and Guardian.

Amongst the agencies utilised by the daily newspapers and their weekend supplements is Alamy.

In September 2015 when the Guardian came calling to feature Pevensey Bay in their ‘Let’s Move To’ weekend supplement article, Alamy was chosen as the agency to profile the article about the Bay, with a photograph of the beach.

Ed Brown, a specialist wildlife and nature photographer based in Hailsham, sees his work in publications such as the Metro newspaper, the Sun online and in the Telegraphs pictures of the day (and week), and also the Guardian online.

Amongst his local work is a scene of lambs on the Pevensey Levels which has been seen by many people.

Perhaps there is something to do with the time of the year, but the photograph by Gary Sadler is drawing attention again this year, with a number of enquiries about whether the work is available to publish under licence terms.

Talking about the work, judges in the local photography competition in 2014 said ““this image was a clear favourite from the start for the finals of the Photographic Competition 2014, the third piece of work from Gary Sadler.

“It appears to be incredibly simple, but in fact there is a great deal going on in the picture to discover, that has lasting value.

“It is clearly identifiable as a local scene. It captures the strength of the sea and the storm together with the relationship with the groyne and the Bay. It is a natural composition that depicts an aspect of life in the Bay at a particular point in the seasons, that people know well. The way that wind spatters the water on the groyne is almost cinematic”.

Once loaded to the agency Alamy, we will see if the photograph is picked up by a number of national newspapers.

A spokesman for the Pevensey Bay Journal, which utilises Alamy, said “we will be one of the local newspapers taking up the option of a licence to utilise the photograph. In our case we will be taking up a five year licence to utilise the photograph in print.

“The licence will be worth something like just under £50:00, obviously Alamy will take a cut, but just one licence will be worth something to the author of the photograph, and we are relatively sure that some national newspapers will come calling as well”.

Perhaps the photograph might be worth as much as £80:00-£100 a year to utilise under licence.

Not much perhaps, but certainly something each year.

Perhaps the biggest buzz is not the bit of money, but picking up a free copy of something like the Metro newspaper on a train station and seeing your own work with a credit

In the case of the work by Gary Sadler, this credit would be well deserved.