37 imagesA broad selection of commercial and editorial images, shot for media organisations in Cumbria & The Lake District by professional freelance photographer Ben Russell
45 imagesA collection of images from the World Gurning Championships at the Egremont Craft Fair in Egremont, Cumbria, The Lake District. Gurning contests are a rural English tradition. By far the most notable is that held annually at the Egremont Crab Fair, which dates back to 1267 when King Henry III granted the fair a Royal Charter.The origins of the gurning competition itself are unclear, and may not be so old, although it was described as an ancient tradition by local newspaper the Cumberland Paquet in 1852..The competitions are held regularly in some villages, with contestants traditionally framing their faces through a horse collar -- known as "gurnin' through a braffin'."The World Gurning Championship takes place annually at the same crab fair in Egremont, Cumbria. Those with the greatest gurn capabilities are often those with no teeth, as this provides greater room to move the jaw further up. In some cases, the elderly or otherwise toothless can be capable of spectacular gurns covering the entire nose.