SLIDESHOW: The super snaps of Hartlepool’s Young Photographer of the Year

A TALENTED young photographer certainly has an eye for a great picture.

Emily Timlin’s stunning portfolio of wildlife photos earned her the title of senior winner in the Rotary Club of Hartlepool’s annual Young Photographer of the Year competition.

The English Martyrs Sixth Form student won the judges over with an impressive selection of shots.

The competition which this year had the theme of Peace was open to all 14 to 17-year-olds in Hartlepool.

Emily, 17, was presented with a certificate of achievement and £50 prize by rotary club president Ted Jackson and competition co-ordinator Barbra Midgley.

Barbra said: “This is our fifth year we have run the competition and we have been absolutely amazed over the years at the talents of the youngsters in Hartlepool.”

Pictured (left to right) are English Martyrs headteacher Michael Lee, winner Emily Timlin,  Hartlepool Rotary Club president Ted Jackson and Hartlepool Rotary Club member Barbra Midgley.

Pictured (left to right) are English Martyrs headteacher Michael Lee, winner Emily Timlin, Hartlepool Rotary Club president Ted Jackson and Hartlepool Rotary Club member Barbra Midgley.

Emily went on to win be named winner of the competition at district level and will now be entered into Rotary’s national final which will be judged next month.

Emily’s portfolio includes a mixture of close-up and black and white shots of different wildlife. They include a bee collecting pollen on a bright pink flower and butterflies captured up close.

Emily also photographed African wildlife in their natural habitat of giraffe, a meerkat and zebras and a lion.

Judging was carried out by Mr Jackson, the Mail’s chief photographer Tom Collins and retired art teacher George Colley.

As well as submitting their pictures, entrants also had to sum up their inspiration in just 50 words.

The Young Photographer competition is one of a number of initiatives the Rotary Club of Hartlepool runs throughout the year with young people.

It also runs a Youth Speaks public speaking competition with Hartlepool secondary schools.