Teenage photographer snaps up first prize

WINNER: Adam Gofton's photo of Hartlepool's Headland.
WINNER: Adam Gofton's photo of Hartlepool's Headland.
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A KEEN and talented young photographer has scooped first prize in a region-wide contest.

Adam Gofton started off his winning streak two years ago by coming first place in the Hartlepool Rotary’s Young Photographer competition.

WINNER: Adam Gofton with the headteacher of English Martyrs School, and Rotarian Barbra Midgley.

WINNER: Adam Gofton with the headteacher of English Martyrs School, and Rotarian Barbra Midgley.

He then entered the Rotary North East District competition in the Senior (14-17 years) category, and won that too.

Now this year, the 17 year-old entered the same competition, picking up first prize in the Hartlepool round, and first place in the regionals again too.

His last achievement saw him receive a cheque for £50, together with a certificate to recognise his achievement.

Adam, from the Seaton area of Hartlepool who attends English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College really impressed the judges who selected him as district winner without hesitation.

STUNNING: Adam Gofton's photograph of Whitby Abbey.

STUNNING: Adam Gofton's photograph of Whitby Abbey.

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

The theme of the competition this year was “Light up the Community” 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 has taught himself many of his obvious skills.”

CLOSE-UP: Adam Gofton's snap of some daffodils.

CLOSE-UP: Adam Gofton's snap of some daffodils.

She added, “Once again, Adam has proved that he has a great talent and I have every confidence that he will become a successful professional photographer when he completes his education.”

Adam Gofton’s portfolio has been entered in the Rotary National final which will be judged in the next few weeks.