A BUDDING snapper has come runner-up in a national photography competition just weeks after scooping first place in a local contest.
Hartlepool student Emily Lloyd entered her portfolio of community-spirited pictures into the Hartlepool Rotary Club’s photographic competition in February and won a £50 voucher and a shield, as reported by the Mail.
And just 12 weeks later the talented 17 year old has been told that national judges of the Rotary International in Britain and Ireland photographic competition selected her collection of snaps worthy of second place.
This time the Hartlepool Sixth Form College pupil won another £50 voucher and a certificate.
Emily, a former High Tunstall College of Science pupil, of Serpentine Road, Hartlepool, said: “I couldn’t believe it because obviously it was the national competition. It’s absolutely fantastic.
“I love taking pictures and I really enjoyed taking part.”
Each entrant had to provide their inspiration for the photographs in no more than 50 words and Emily wrote: “My vision of Community Spirit is people of Hartlepool of all backgrounds and ages coming together to celebrate, mourn or even raise money for charity.
“The events I have chosen are the Remembrance Sunday Cenotaph Parade and the Boxing Day Dip, both very important events in my eyes.”
Barbra Midgley, 65, new generations organiser at Hartlepool Rotary Club, who helped to arrange the contest, said Emily had done herself and the town proud.
The retired deputy head teacher said: “Emily really does show promise, ability and enthusiasm which also comes across when you talk to her.
“This girl started doing photography as a hobby, this has grown into a subject she is studying and who knows it could go on from there.”
She added: “She’s done herself proud, the sixth form college proud, and the community of Hartlepool.”
Emily is currently studying photography, English, maths and geography at the college off Blakelock Road and is determined to further her photographic skills in her second year.