Talented teenager snaps up top prize in inter-school photography competition

Rotary president Mohammed Menabawey (centre) with Adam Gofton (left) and Joseph Spence (right).
Rotary president Mohammed Menabawey (centre) with Adam Gofton (left) and Joseph Spence (right).
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A TALENTED teenage snapper has walked away with the top prize in an inter-school photography competition.

Hartlepool Rotary Club’s recent Young Photographer competition attracted 31 entries from keen photographers at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, Hartlepool Sixth Form College, and High Tunstall College of Science.

The theme of the competition this year was ‘People’ and entrants had to submit three prints in colour or black and white with a 50-word description.

Adam Gofton, 16, from English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, was crowned as the winner, with fellow pupil Joseph Spence, 18, as runner-up.

Adam, from Seaton Carew, now has his portfolio entered in the Rotary North East District competition in April.

Sarah Hayes, 17, from Hartlepool Sixth Form College, received a Special Commendation award, along with Libby Emerson, 14, from High Tunstall College of Science.

Adam received a £50 prize, Joseph was handed £25, while Sarah and Libby got £15.

Rotary organiser Barbra Midgley said: “The standard of entries was higher than ever before and this made the judges’ job more difficult.

“Normally, they select a winner and a runner- up, but in view of the excellent entries, the judges identified two participants for special commendations as well.”

She added: “It is so hard to believe that the photographs were taken by students rather than professionals and I suspect that many of our entrants will be pursuing a career in photography.”

Judges were former Hartlepool Mail chief photographer Tom Collins and local artist George Colley.