After hundreds of young people took part from across Great Britain and Ireland, we are delighted to announce the three winners of this year’s Rotary Young Photographer competition.
This year’s theme was ‘Our World Is Beautiful’, which inspired the entrants to find inspiration from the world around them. There were a whole variety of high quality submissions, which were split into junior, intermediate and senior categories based on the competitor’s age. Each entrant was judged on their technical merit; content and composition; and imagination and style.
The junior category winner was Charlotte Jackson-Stark, aged 10, from Lochnell Primary School. She was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Oban and captured a beautiful waterfall in the forests of west Scotland, which she thought more closely resembled a scene from the Amazon rainforest.
13-year-old Piotr Libera from Gunnersbury Catholic School, London was the winner in the intermediate category and was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hounslow. Piotr has always been fascinated by big cats, so when he visited the Parc des Félins just outside Paris he was able to capture a stunning photograph of a yawning leopard.
The senior category was won by 16-year-old Megan McCulloch from Lanark Grammar School. She was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lanark, and like Charlotte in the junior category, caught another breathtaking picture of the Scottish landscape. Megan said the contrast in colours and textures in the landscape was a big inspiration for her photograph, which shows a lighthouse stood proudly on the cliffside.
The three winners progressed through local, district and regional heats and were selected from 57 national finalists by a panel of judges. The panel for this year’s competition included professionals and photography experts from the fields of journalism, education and business, all of whom were amazed by the standard of the entrants.
The Rotary Young Photographer competition is open to any young person in full time education between the ages of 7 – 17. The theme for next year’s competition is ‘Reflection’. If you are interested in taking part, visit our club finder to get in touch with your local club who may be hosting a competition.
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The full results were as follows:
1st – Charlotte Jackson-Stark
2nd – Eva Brock
Joint 3rd – James Stiger and Maja Corns
Highly Commended – Cherrie Frampton and E. Lliffe
1st – Piotr Libera
2nd – Thomas Snowdon
3rd – Edith Wright
Highly Commended – Jake Harvey, Freya Bailey, Louise Dorrian Hannah and Thomas Fox
1st – Megan McCulloch
2nd – Jasmine Pope
Joint 3rd – Ben Meek and George Rees
Highly Commended – Daniel Morris, Chaele Fisher, Jessica Mason, Daoud Qureshi and Chloe Elissa Woodland
Published: Thursday 9th June 2016