Budding photographers win award for capturing beauty of Hartlepool

Hartlepool  wildflower display by Katie Pattison of High Tunstall College of Science.

Hartlepool wildflower display by Katie Pattison of High Tunstall College of Science.

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A photography competition which asked youngsters to get snap happy in Hartlepool has announced its winners.

During the summer break five secondary schools teamed up with Hartlepool Borough Council to launch a postcard competition.

Hartlepool beach scene by Manor Community Academy pupil Ellie Gale.

Hartlepool beach scene by Manor Community Academy pupil Ellie Gale.

Pupils in Years 7 and Year 8 were asked to capture an image that represented pride in their town and submit it to be judged Frank Reid, chief photographer at Northeast Press and councillor Alan Clark.

Around 1,000 pupils from Manor College of Technology, English Martyrs Catholic Primary School, St Hild’s Church of England School, High Tunstall College of Science, and Dyke House Sports and Technology College were asked to take part.

Lesley Welsh, vice principal at Manor Community Academy, said: “The winners are Rachel Mayes of St Hild’s Church of England School; Katie Pattison of High Tunstall College of Science; Anne-Marie Price of The English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College and Ellie Gale of Manor Community Academy.”

The winners will now take part in a photography workshop with Frank to take photos which will go on display at Hartlepool’s civic buildings.

Hartlepool sunset by Rachel Mayes of St Hilds Church of England School .

Hartlepool sunset by Rachel Mayes of St Hilds Church of England School .

Frank said: “Rachel Mayes of St Hild’s Church of England School managed to capture a wonderful image of a sunset.

“She has clearly realised that she needed to gain height in order to capture the image from a higher vantage point.

“Katie Pattison of High Tunstall College of Science, captured of Hartlepool’s fantastic summer wildflower display in all its glory.

“Anne-Marie Price, of English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, has a well framed and well composed picture of Christchurch.”

Christ Church by Anne-Marie Price, of English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College.

Christ Church by Anne-Marie Price, of English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College.

Coun Clark said: “Manor Community Academy pupil Ellie Gale’s beach scene is a perfect example of shape and texture, whilst her picture combining ships and wind turbines links the town’s strong industry with the green energy of the future.”

Lesley Welsh, vice principal at Manor Community Academy, added: “Thank you to all the students who participated in the competition and to our esteemed judges. 
“The competition reminds us just how much we have to be proud of in our town and amongst our young people.”