Teen snapper Adam eyes national glory after winning Hartlepool photographer competition

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A TEENAGE photographer with an “incredible” talent is setting his sights on national success after winning a top competition.

Adam Gofton, from Seaton Carew recently won Hartlepool Rotary Club’s Young Photographer competition after impressing the judges with some stunning snaps.

That propelled him onto the Rotary North East District competition against other local winners, and once again he walked away with the top prize after his portfolio caught the judging panel’s eye.

Adam, 16, attends English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College and was unanimously selected as the Senior (14-17 yrs) District winner.

The Rotary Young Photographer competition is designed to support and encourage the development of photographic skills.

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 explaining their interpretation of the theme.

Rotary organiser Barbra Midgley said: “Adam’s photographs stood out in the District competition and he really deserved to win.

“He’s extremely enthusiastic and completely self taught.

“It is so hard to believe someone so young can achieve such incredible results and I’m sure that Adam could go on to enjoy a successful career in photography if he chose to do so.”

Adam’s portfolio has been entered in the Rotary National final which will be judged later this month.

He said: “I was delighted to win the Hartlepool competition, so now I have won this one it would be nice to be successful in the national finals.”

Rotary North East stretches from Berwick in the north to Stokesley in the south and Barnard Castle in the west. The District is one of 29 in Great Britain and Ireland and has just under 1,700 members in 66 clubs.