Whitby Young Photographers Triumph.

Tue 1st December 2020 at 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm

The Rotary Club of Whitby and District challenged entrants aged 11-17 years to show off their photography talent by interpreting this year's theme of 'Wild Nature' and create a three-piece portfolio.

Congratulations to all the winners of Whitby's heat of the National Rotary Young Photographer Competition 2020-21.

The Rotary Club of Whitby and District challenged entrants aged 11 - 17 years to show off their photography talent by interpreting this years theme of 'Wild Nature' and create a three-piece portfolio. 

The judges were impressed by the quality and variety of the photographs submitted and had a difficult job on their hands choosing the winners.

Maisy Squire won the 1st prize in the 11 - 13 years age group for her photographs of fungi taken near the Cinder Track in October.

Ewan Locker took 2nd place, and Amber Clews and Matilda Burns were joint 3rd.

What the judges said about Maisy's winning photographs :-

'The tree stump picture is outstanding. It is beautifully sharp, positioned well in the frame and the background just blurred enough to make the subject pop. The fungus itself is fabulous too. The same technical skill is present in the other two pictures, with the bright red mushroom underlined by the green leaves and again very sharp and well exposed.'

Ethan Stephenson was the overall winner in the 14-17 years category for his set of three photographs. The runners up were Mia Clews and Kaylea Watson.

The judges said of Ethan's photograph titled 'Amongst the River':-

'works well, the cropping of the photo mimics the shape of the cottage, which in turn is well framed by the overhanging branches and leaves. The timing is excellent to include the people in the rowing boat just to finish the image. The editing gives the image a timeless feel with the use of saturated colours.'

The Rotary Club of Whitby and District would like to thank all the young people who participated in this event.

The winning entries submitted by Ethan and Maisy went forward to the National Rotary Young Photographer Competition 2020-21.

In the local heats run by District 1040, Ethan came 1st. in the 14-17 yrs category with "Amongst the River" and Maisy won the 11-13 yrs category.Both will go forward to the National Final. 

The Rotary Club of Whitby and District is keen to support the dreams and aspirations of local young people and create opportunities for them to unlock their potential.