Snap-happy teens win Hartlepool photo contest

Adam Gofton and Zarron Barnes with the Rotary Club president and headteacher of English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College Michael Lee.
Adam Gofton and Zarron Barnes with the Rotary Club president and headteacher of English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College Michael Lee.

TWO young snappers came out on top with this stunning selection of pictures for a town-wide photography competition.

Adam Gofton won Hartlepool Rotary Club’s Young Photographer Competition for the second year running, with Zarron Barnes as runner up.

A snap of Hartlepool Headland by Adam Gofton.

A snap of Hartlepool Headland by Adam Gofton.

Hartlepool Rotary Club run the contest every year and this time round entries were received from English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, in Catcote Road, and Hartlepool Sixth Form College, in Blakelock Avenue.

Adam, 17, from English Martyrs received £50 as the winner, while Zarron,16, also from English Martyrs, received £25 as runner-up.

All entrants received certificates of achievement.

The theme of the competition this year was ‘Light up the Community’ and competitiors had to submit three prints in colour or black and white with a 50-word description explaining their interpretation of the theme.

It’s always hard to believe that the photographs were taken by students rather than professionals and I expect that many of our entrants will be taking up photography as a career.

Rotary organiser Neil Midgley

Rotary organiser Neil Midgley said: “The standard of entries was really high and the judges’ didn’t have an easy task.

“It’s always hard to believe that the photographs were taken by students rather than professionals and I expect that many of our entrants will be taking up photography as a career.”

The judges were ex-Hartlepool Mail Chief Photographer Tom Collins and local photographer Allan Newton.

Adam Gofton explained his portfolio by saying: “I feel we take our surroundings for granted and the natural beauty of the land becomes unnoticed. “With my images I have tried to show how spectacular the landscape is and how we can realise that the community is already ‘lit up’.”

Whitby Abbey by Adam Gofton

Whitby Abbey by Adam Gofton

Adam’s portfolio has been entered in the Rotary North East District competition which will be judged in April.

Daffodil close up by Adam Gofton.

Daffodil close up by Adam Gofton.

Zarron Barnes' picture of the Headland Memorial.

Zarron Barnes' picture of the Headland Memorial.

The Angel of the North by Zarron Barnes.

The Angel of the North by Zarron Barnes.

Durham Cathedral by Zarron Barnes

Durham Cathedral by Zarron Barnes