Rotary Young Photographers are Picture Perfect
Rotary Young Photographers are Picture Perfect

Perfectly capturing a single moment in time is one of the gifts of a talented photographer. Budding snappers put their skills to the test in the Rotary Young Photographer competition.

This year’s theme of Reflection allowed entrants to explore both literal and metaphorical ideas around the word.

For some, reflection was about capturing the juxtaposition of natural and man-made structures in water, but for others it was about telling a story through thoughtful moments of personal, human reflection.

With entries submitted in both colour and black and white as well as using traditional and digital methods, the judges in the 2017 Rotary Young Photographer competition had the unenviable task of selecting three winners from an innovative selection of portfolios.


2017 Rotary Young Photographer Winners

Rotary Young Photographer 2017 Junior Faith Merry

Junior category, Faith Merry, supported by Wantage Rotary Club

“I used a mirror to reflect my guinea pig, Freckle. I took the photographs in the garden with the reflection of the tree in the background. I also like seeing her white whiskers against her black face and the reflection of her double chin and mouth.”

What the judges said: “A first real original idea, clever and well shown”


Rotary Young Photographer Intermediate Corbin Bate

Intermediate category, Corbin Bate, supported by Wellington Rotary Club

Inspired by his visits to the Somerset Levels, Corbin said, “I took this photo whilst fishing with my dad as we waiting for the sun to rise. What made me take this photo was that I wanted to capture the mood of the night sky.”

What the judges said: “Good composition, exceptional expose and light, atmospheric.”


Rotary Young Photographer 2017 Senior Paula Averkamp

Senior category, Paula Averkamp, supported by Norwich Rotary Club

“The three chosen photographs interpret the theme ‘reflection’ by showing human observations of their surrounding environment. This photograph shows the reflection of raindrops and haze on a window.”

What the judges said: “Organisation excellent, model relief and creative. Imaginative, powerful images.”


Full results were as follows:

Junior category

1st place – Faith Merry, supported by Wantage Rotary Club
2nd place – Samuel Forsyth, supported by Kirkcudbrig Rotary Club
3rd place – Charlie Elford-Pond, supported by Four Marks & Medstead Rotary Club

Intermediate category

1st place – Corbin Bate, supported by Wellington Rotary Club
2nd place – Theo Roose, supported by Fleet Rotary Club
3rd place – Alexander Priestley, supported by Edinburgh Rotary Club

Senior category

1st place – Paula Averkamp, supported by Norwich Rotary Club
2nd place – Livia Plaumann, supported by St Andrews Rotary Club
3rd place (joint) – Ruben Holt, supported by Bebbington Rotary Club and Thomas Snowdon, supported by Stokesley Rotary Club

Featured image was taken by Theo Roose.


Published: Thursday 29th June 2017

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