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Young Photographer 2018 focuses on A Different Perspective

Young Photographer 2018 focuses on A Different Perspective

It was another picture perfect year for Rotary Young Photographer.

Anna Harry, Amelie Bolam and Lily Brook astounded the judges with their photographs, each securing first place in their categories in the 2018 Rotary Young Photography Competition.

The competition brought together talented individuals across the UK once again for the annual phenomenon.

Entrants were challenged to show off their talent by interpreting this year’s theme of “A Different Perspective” and create a three-piece portfolio.

Anna, this year’s Junior champ, was inspired by the perspective of her pet, Eric the tortoise.

She captioned the photo, “This is my tortoise Eric. He is very small, and he thinks everything is huge and towering. So, these pictures are from his perspective.”

Split into three age groups, Junior, Intermediate and Senior, the competition is open to students aged between seven and 17 in full time education.

Experimenting with different techniques to express their ideas, 2018’s entries have stolen the show.

With a specific topic, the competition promotes creativity and allows different interpretations to be shown.

This year’s entrants were particularly outstanding and that made this year’s competition the hardest we’ve had to judge so far.”

The national final, much like other Rotary Youth Competitions, is built up from various preliminary rounds.

Local, district and regional heats are held, sifting through the entries of many young photographers.

The judging panel was made up of three professionals in their sector, Mark Benson, David Thompson and James Ilesley.

Mark expresses, “It has been an honour and privilege to be asked to judge the Rotary Young Photographer 2018 competition.

“This is the fourth year I have judged this competition and during time I have observed the quality and enthusiasm of the entrants increase and I am always fascinated by their interpretation of the brief.

“This year’s entrants were particularly outstanding and that made this year’s competition the hardest we’ve had to judge so far.

“I very much hope that I am invited to judge again next year as I’m intrigued to see what the next generation of Young Photographers have in store for us.”

The full results


1. Anna Harry, sponsored by Odiham & Hook Rotary

2. Amelia Blackman, sponsored by South Foreland Rotary

3. Phillipa Graybrook, sponsored by Nantwich Rotary



1. Amelie Bolam, sponsored by Andover Rotary

2. Zoe Jarman-Davies, sponsored by Lampeter Rotary

3. Hannah Burns, sponsored by Harpenden Village Rotary



1. Lily Brook, sponsored by Brentwood Breakfast Rotary

2. Crystal Zhou, sponsored by Tavistock Rotary

3. Oliver Blowers, sponsored by Ashford Kent Rotary

Each Youth Competition reveals the skill of the young people living in Great Britain and Ireland today.

The theme for next year’s competition is Beauty of Nature.

To get involved next year, click here.