Ilkley Camera Club is delighted to announce the winners in our Young Photographers Competition.
The winner of the first prize of a fantastic Panasonic Lumix digital bridge camera worth £250 was Miles Charlesworth with Yorkshire Skies. Miles is a 15 year old pupil at Ilkley Grammar School. He placed his image near the Cow and Calf rocks and showed the apparent movement of the stars in the night sky by taking around 100 shots at a 30 second exposure then merging them to create his stunning image. Miles is a keen and regular photographer and has a particular interest in photographing skate boarding and wildlife subjects. The first prize was most generously donated by Annings of Ilkley, the camera shop. Paul Anning attended to present the award and commended the skill and imagination that went into the winning shot.
Erin Brown won the second prize of a large mounted print of an image chosen by her. This was donated by the photography chain Jessops. Erin is a 13 year old student at Benton Park School and likes art and photography. Her photograph entitled Walk in the Light shows a figure on Morecambe beach set against the sun to create an atmospheric silhouette. Gillian Duckett from Ilkley Camera Club said that Erin’s photo was taken on an iPhone and had not be post processed, thus proving that great shots can be taken with relatively simple equipment if the camera is in the hands of an inventive photographer with a good eye.
Picking up third prize, a £20 voucher donated by Ilkley Camera Club, was 16 year old Bella Forbes whose Light and a Lemon showed mastery of close up work and an impressive use of light. She said, “I took the image in my blacked out bedroom and used the torch on the back of an iPod to throw light creatively onto the lemon.” Bella shot the image as part of a food photography project at Ilkley Grammar School.
Sandra Burras from Ilkley Camera Club commented, “The Club is delighted that our competition attracted so much interest. We had 71 images submitted from 29 different young photographers. The standard was very high and it was wonderful to see how the entrants responded whole-heartedly to our theme of ‘Creative Light’. It was great to see that many of the entrants are studying photography at school. We hope their experience with the competition will encourage them to build on their photography skills and that they eventually become professionals or gifted enthusiasts like our own Club members.”
If you would like to see more of the images entered in the Young Photographers Competition clkick here.