Joy for young photographers

Award winning photographer Lauren Marsden.

Award winning photographer Lauren Marsden.

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A YOUNG photographer has won a national competition with some hard-hitting examples of her art work.

Lauren Marsden, 17, entered her impressive portfolio into Hartlepool Rotary Club’s annual competition.

Joshua Bedding receives his shield from Barbra Midgley of Hartlepool Rotary Club after winning the district competition.

Joshua Bedding receives his shield from Barbra Midgley of Hartlepool Rotary Club after winning the district competition.

She was crowned winner in the senior category and went on to the win at the regional stage, before also securing first place in the Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) national competition.

Lauren is now set for an all-expenses trip to Bournemouth next month, along with her proud mum Sandra, 55, to pick up her winning shield and £100 cash prize.

“I’m really pleased,” said Lauren, who lives in North Drive, Hartlepool.

“When I entered I never thought about winning really, I just had my photographs and thought it was worth putting them in.”

Lauren’s older brother, Dale Duncan, 39, is a coach of Olympic hopeful Savannah Marshall.

She decided to go along to the gym with him one evening with her camera in hand where she took the award winning pictures.This year’s competition called for entrants to try and capture the spirit and dreams of the 2012 London Olympic Games.

It was granted the Inspire mark by the London 2012 Inpsire programme, which recognises projects highlighting the Games.Lauren was not the only town photographer whose snaps impressed the judges.

Young Joshua Bedding, who is just eight-years-old, won the club competition and then went on to win at the regional stage, but failed to lift the national title.

Joshua’s Year 4 teacher Jeanette Murphy said: “It was a project we gave the children the chance to take part in but they then had to go away and do their work at home.

“He has done extremely well and impressed judges with his creative work.

“We are very proud.”