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Rotary Youth Competitions Winners 2021: Young Photographer

Rotary Youth Competitions Winners 2021: Young Photographer

The Rotary Young Photographer competition gives participants a chance to express themselves through Photography. As well as use their skills in creativity to produce the most inspiring of photos.

Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland would like to congratulate the winners of the 2020/21 Rotary Young Photographer competition.

The theme on this occasion was “Wild Nature”, where contestants were challenged to capture the vibrant natural world around them.

Age groups have been set to allow for all participants to have a fair chance at winning and have equal skills as their peers. These consist of Junior (7-10 years), Intermediate (11-13 years) and Seniors (14-17 years).

The main aim for the competition is to allow young people to experiment with photography, use creativity to interpret the topic set and express their ideas through the medium of photography.

The panel of judges consisted of Andrew Ansell from Insightful Photography, Owen Clements of Owen Clements Photography and Rebecca Warner who is a Projects Manager at Rotary GB&I.

Judges were looking for “great composition, sharp focus, atmosphere and the right angle.”

“Being a wildlife photographer is more than taking a picture of a flower,” they said. “It’s about understanding the animal or plant in the image and entering its habitat in order capture that moment.”

Below are the excellent photographs from the winners of this year’s competition:




Dan Sterling 

1st Place –  Cambridge Rotary Club  

Dan Sterling – Cambridge Rotary Club

“Our jaws hit the floor when we saw this puffin coming into land right on the tip of a ledge. This was a real ‘wow’ moment.”


Jonathan Clark 

2nd Place –  Chesham Rotary Club  

Jonathan Clark – Chesham Rotary Club

“The level of detail in this image impressed all of us. Being able to see every feather on such a small bird is an impressive achievement. The focus on the eyes is crystal clear.”


 Jamie Blackmore

3rd Place – Ilfracombe Rotary Club

Jamie Blackmore

“The ripples on this photograph create the feeling of movement caused by the duck cleaning its feathers. The water is clear and the lighting is beautiful.”




Tamsin Hall 

1st Place – Berkhamsted Rotary Club

Tamsin Hall – Berkhamsted Rotary Club

“We all loved this beautiful owl, perched serenely with an ethereal glow around it. The misty softness of the trees adds to the peacefulness of the owl.”


Maisey Squire 

2nd Place –  Whitby & District Rotary Club

Maisy Squire – Whitby & District Rotary Club

The fungus looks velvety in texture and the shadows underneath give clear definition to the shape.”




Zac Welling 

1st Place –  Camberley Rotary Club  

Zac Welling – Camberley Rotary Club

“To be so close to a nervous creature such as a lizard and to get down on the same level as it was takes real skill.”


Isaac Dale 

2nd Place – Durham Elvet Rotary Club

Isaac Dale – Durham Rotary Club

“The Snowdrops taken from an unusual angle really caught our attention.”


Robin Pringpuangkeo 

3rd Place –  Cambridge Rotary Club

Robin Pringpuangkeo – Cambridge Rotary Club

“How wonderful to encounter a grass snake in this way and to capture it when the tongue is out. The rapid movement of the tongue is hard to capture.”

If you would like to participate in the 2021/22 event the theme is ‘Colours of Nature’. For more information follow this link:

Youth Competitions – Our Projects – Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland (