Hartlepool snapper wins trophy – just 14 months after taking up photography

Lee Summerson photo of daughter Maja
Lee Summerson photo of daughter Maja

A PHOTOGRAPHER who first picked a camera only 14 months ago has walked off with a prize for his stunning work.

Lee Summerson, 39, began photography in 2012 when he was sent an email and wanted to match the standard of the images on it.

Since then, he’s scoured the North-East for themes – and found the best were closer to home.

He took a striking shot of his daughter Maja which has now won the Hartlepool Camera Club Dora Davies Memorial Trophy.

Lee, a warehouse manager for a Wynyard company which specialises in LCD panel repairs, said: “I am over the moon specially since I only picked up a camera 14 months ago.

“The competition is for the best image from this year in the club and is judged by the members themselves.”

The former Fishburn man moved to Hartlepool three years ago and lives in Easington Road with Maja, three and his wife, Basia, 28.

He said: “A couple of years ago someone sent me some pictures by email which I really liked and I was pretty frustrated when I couldn’t get the same sort of results with my digital compact camera, so I picked up a digital single lens reflex camera in October last year.

“I took more than 10,000 pictures in my first year while I was trying to master the settings in the camera and to be quite honest I am still finding my feet.”

His winning shot is of his daughter.

He said: “She and my wife Basia are my models and they are my life.

“I would like to thank them from the bottom of my heart for being so supportive of my new found passion and I would also like to thank Hartlepool Camera Club for making me feel so welcome in my first year with them.”

Camera club spokesperson Willa Laidler said: “This piece of work is fabulous, especially when you consider when he first picked up a camera.

“You wouldn’t realise it because everything he does has a certain ‘thing’ about it.

“His daughter has such an enigmatic face that would fit in to any era.

“The shot is as simple as can be but it is beautiful.”

The club meets on Monday and Wednesdays in the 
Hartlepool People Centre in Raby Road, from 6.30pm to 9pm.

The membership cost is £14 a year and a £1-a-session room rent fee.

For more details about the club, contact Willa on (01429) 296371.