A COUPLE have won £10,000 for a picture of their twins they feared might never be taken.
Julie and Phil White, from Skircoat Green, Halifax, had four pregnancies fail before finally having twins Noah and Darcy.
“I had two ectopic pregnancies and two miscarriages,” said Julie. “We looked at our options and decided to try IVF treatment.
“There was an 18-month waiting list so we got married in Zanzibar in February 2009, expecting to get the call around April 2010. Then literally on the day we got back the doctors rang and said it had been moved forward.”
The treatment was successful first time and the twins were born on December 31, 2009.
“With it being New Year’s Eve they asked people to leave the hopsital early so Phil went home for champagne and I was left with two babies looking back at me,” said Julie.
“These things happen for a reason and I think there’s something very very special about them.”
Following the birth the Whites, of St Bevan’s Road, Skircoat Green, decided to take their children to nearby Kyte Photography to have their pictures taken.
Julie said: “I loved looking at the pictures of the babies in the window which is why we chose to go there.
“They were really good and took some amazing photos. I was in tears when I saw the finished article.”
Kyte Photography entered their favourite photograph of the twins into the UK Cherub of The Year Competition, run by the Master Photographers Association.
The photo of Darcy and Noah was picked as the best entry from across the UK and while Kyte picked up the prestige of the award, the White family were celebrating the £10,000 prize.
“It’s all going to Darcy and Noah. Their faces won it so it’s only fair they have it for the future,” said Mrs White.
Studio owner and master photographer Jennifer Robertson said: “To be recognised at a national level is a great honour.
“And to win £10,000 for a family who have been through so much is even more rewarding.”