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