WITH schools and colleges returning on Monday a reminder has gone out to all pupils and students to enter a prestigious photography competition that could lead to a national title.
Rotary International is running its annual Young Photographer competition – and the Rotary Club of Hartlepool is running its local event which has three age categories.
The winners of each category, who will get a cash prize and a certificate, also go through to the district event and if successful go through to the national final.
The older-category Hartlepool winner will also get a day with a Mail photographer and an insight into how pictures are processed in the Mail newsroom.
Talented teenager Emily Lloyd won last year’s Rotary Club of Hartlepool senior event and just narrowly missed out on scooping the national title when she was named runner-up from thousands of entrants nationwide.
The 17-year-old, who studies at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, She said: “Winning the competition really boosted my confidence. It gave me a real boost and I would urge everyone who is eligible to enter to have a go.”
Barbra Midgley, who is co-ordinating the competition for the Rotary Club of Hartlepool, said: “We are hoping for a positive response and look forward to seeing the entries.”
The competition, which is being supported by the Hartlepool Mail, is open to all Hartlepool schoolchildren and college students up to the age of 18.
There are three categories, covering various age groups, seven to 10, 11-13 and 14-18.
The theme for all age categories is ‘Olympic Dreams or Olympic Spirit’.
Entrants are being asked to submit a portfolio of four different prints, either colour or black and white, between 6inx4in and A4 size.
Each entrant must also provide in not more than 50 words, a description of the inspiration for their photographs.
All entries must be accompanied by an official entry form which will be printed in the Mail from time to time and which is available from participating schools and colleges across Hartlepool.
The entries will be collected from those schools and colleges taking part but entrants can also leave their submissions in the Mail reception, in Wesley Square, Hartlepool, where they will be collected.
The judging panel will consist of three judges who will view the entries in each age category and consider the technical merit, content and composition, imagination and style and also conformity to the Olympic theme.
The closing date for entries is November 28 and the winner of the Hartlepool competition will be announced in January 2012.