YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER COMPETITION 2019 - THE WINNERS!

Once again we have had a wonderful competition this year with hundreds of great images submitted from young photographers across Stroud District.  The competition reached its climax on the evening of Wednesday 2nd October at Renishaw Innovation Centre. 

To start the evening there was a slide show of images from every entrant, skilfully put together and set to music by Andy Harbin.  After that, a selection of the best images was reviewed by our guest competition judge, Aleks Gjika who gave a thoughtful and insightful critique of the images on display. Aleks's comments were full of encouragement and praise for the best elements of each image, coupled with useful tips about how even great images can be tweaked to make them special.

The prizes were once again presented by Seb Choudbury from BBC Television. This was Seb's third year in that role and he has become a true friend of the Club.  Tamash Lal, Assistant Editor of Stroud News & Journal presented the Richard Pearse Memorial Prize.

Our thanks to everyone who entered the competition.  The standard was amazingly high and you gave Aleks a hard time selecting the winning images!

Congratulations to all our winners and here are their winning images

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THE RICHARD PEARSE MEMORIAL PRIZE

Winner "The Beauty Of The River Severn Bore" by Pippa Benn

Pippa attends Maidenhill School and wins £100 donated by Stroud News & Journal

 

 

THE 14 TO 18 AGE GROUP WINNERS

1st Prize "Flight" by Alice Tilley

Alice attends Stroud High School and wins a £150 photo voucher donated by Renishaw plc

 

2nd Prize "Late Night Out" by Peter Gardiner

Peter attends Marling School and wins a £75 photo voucher donated by Sigma Freight Systems Ltd

 

3rd Prize "Smoke And Seagulls" by Gregory Horsley

Greg attends Wynstones School and wins a £50 photo voucher donated by London Camera Exchange, Gloucester

 

 

 

 

 

THE UNDER 14 AGE GROUP WINNERS

 

1st Prize "Without Borders" by Joel Osborn

Joel attends Pate's Grammar School and he wins a £150 photo voucher donated by Renishaw plc

 

2nd Prize "Storm Bunkers" by Benjii Dingle

Benjii attends Archway School and wins a £75 photo voucher donated by Sigma Freight Systems Ltd

 

3rd Prize "Hidden In Plain Sight" by Andrew Targett

Andrew attends Rednock School and wins a £50 photo voucher donated by London Camera Exchange, Gloucester

 

 

 

 

OUR WINNERS RECEIVING THEIR PRIZES

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Pippa Benn receiving the Richard Pearse Memorial Prize from Tamash Lal, Assistant Editor of Stroud News & Journal

 

 

 Alice Tilley won 1st Prize in the 14-18 Age group, presented by Seb Choudhury from BBC Television

 

 

 

Peter Gardiner won 2nd prize in the 14-18 Age Group but was unable to attend the evening to collect his prize.  This will be awarded at our next Camera Club evening.

 

 

Greg Horsley being presented with 3rd Prize in the 14-18 Age group by Seb Choudhury

 

 

Joel Osborn won 1st Prize in the Under 14 Age group.  It was presented by Sabet Choudhury from BBC Television

 

 

2nd Prize in the Under 14 Age Group presented to Benjii Dingle by Seb Choudnury

 

 

3rd Prize in the Under 14 Age Group went to Andrew Targett and was presented by Sabet Choudhury from BBC Points West

 

 

Comments

I just want to make a special comment about a special young man.  When I saw that Joel Osborn had won 1st prize in the Under 14 age group I was delighted for him.  Joel clearly has a special talent because in 2017 he won 1st Prize, in 2018 he won 3rd Prize and now he has won 1st Prize again!  And he's still only 12 years old!!

To win three competitions, in different years, each with a different judge and all judged anonymously, displays a remarkable talent.  Richard Pearse was a popular teacher in Stroud and when he first set up this wonderful competition in 2015 it was his aim to encourage the young people of Stroud District to discover and share his own joy of photography.  Sadly, Richard is no longer with us but he would have been ecstatic to have witnessed Joel's success.  

Well done Joel.  We hope to see your entries for many years to come (no pressure!)

Richard Atkinson, Publicity Secretary, Stroud Camera Club