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Rotary Young Photographer 2022: The national results

Rotary Young Photographer 2022: The national results

Participants of the 2021/22 Rotary Young Artist Competition have been tasked with the theme of ‘Colours of Nature’, these are the results.

The annual Rotary Young Photographer Competition provides an opportunity for young photographers to share their talents of capturing moments which easily skip the human eye.

Young Photographer is one of ten competitions organised by Rotary Great Britain and Ireland to challenge young minds. To find out more about what other competitions are available click here.

The competition has been judged by Andrew Ansell who graduated from Glasgow School of Art and has been noted by the British Institute of Professional Photographers.

Starting his career as a collection and environmental photographer with Edinburgh University and Edinburgh Museums and Galleries; he now works regularly in the Commercial and Wedding sectors.

He has also exhibited Fine Art photography nationally but his real passion is Portraiture. Twenty years ago he was voted ‘One to Watch’ by the Association of Photographers.

Each year the participants are provided with a theme to focus on, with this year’s being ‘Colours of Nature’.

As part of this competition, participants aged 7 to 17 are asked to express themselves through a lens and show their interpretation of the annual theme in the most creative way.

This year’s winners include the following:


Senior Section


1st Place – Olivia Barnett – District 1010

A deer lying down in the moorlands.

2nd Place –  Luke Sullivan – District 1100

A frosty foggy morning in a field.

3rd Place –  Iona Munro – District 1260

A dragonfly perched on a branch full of leaves.

Intermediate Section


1st Place – Sophie Chamberlain – District 1120

Close up of a white flower showing intricate details.

2nd Place –  Isla Hitchen – District 1220

A field of pumpkins on a fresh autumn day.

3rd Place – Niamh Donnachie – District 1020

A soap bubble’s surface is covered in a rainbow of colours. Judges comment: ‘For its creativity and thinking outside the box.’

Junior Section


1st Place – Horatio Martin – District 1080

Blossoming plant against a complementing background of pink leaves. Judges comment: ‘Because if you were to pick a photo to accompany the title ‘Colour of Nature’ this would be it.’

2nd Place – Eiljdh Shannon – District 1010

A bright toadstool in a bright forest setting.

3rd Place – Isabella Hazlehurst – District 1040

A countryside lane with the end of the rainbow in sight. Judges comment: ‘Great capture by a junior photographer!’

If you are interested in getting involved in the 2022/23 Rotary Young Photographer Competition the information pack and poster will be available soon!

For more information about the competitions and to get involved please contact your local Rotary club.