2017 Young Photographer Winners' Workshop

The 2017 Rotary District 1175 Young Photographer Winners' Workshop was attended by junior winner Jesse Lewis, intermediate runner-up Tori Cox and senior winner Anna Derry

The winners of each age group in the Rotary District 1175 Young Photographer Competition were awarded the opportunity to attend a photographic workshop with Ross Hoddinott on Wednesday 29th March 2017, with additional support being provided by the shortlisting judges, Peter and Caroline Bland.  Where one of the winners was unable to attend for any reason, then their place was offered to one of the runners-up instead.

The 2016-17 Rotary District 1175 Young Photographer Winners' Workshop was attended by:

  • Junior Age Group (7-10): winner Jesse Lewis, Sithney Community Primary School (sponsored by the RC of Cober Valley).
  • Intermediate Age Group (11-13): runner-up Tori Cox, Dartmouth Academy (sponsored by the RC of Dartmouth).
  • Senior Age Group (14-17): winner Anna Derry, Devonport High School for Girls (sponsored by the RC of Plympton).

The workshop winners met Ross, Peter and Caroline at the Weir Café & Bistro at Whalesborough Farm near Marhamchurch, Bude at 12 Noon.  All the young photographers were accommpanied by their parents.  After being made welcome and talking about their photograpy experiences, Ross explained what they would be doing during the day and provided advice on how the young photographers could use their camera equipment to best effect.

Everyone then moved off to Sandymouth Bay, near Kilkhampton, with thankfully no one getting lost.  Packed lunches were taken on the fly, but the young photographers were more interested in capturing the dramatic cliffs and crevices, and photographing the rocks and pools.  The weather held off just long enough and Ross, Peter and Caroline were able to help fine tune the many and varied ideas eminating from the young photographers.

After a refreshing debrief session in the Sandymouth Cafe, it was off to Bude.  A short walk along the canal brought us to Budehaven Beach where the colourful beach huts offered new inspiration, which was followed by hints on composition and framing utilizing the sea pool, and exploiting reflections with the shallow waters on the beach.  A walk back to the canal lock and harbour area offered more opportunities for incorporating unusual items to add interest to the young photographers' photographs.

It was then off to Trebarwith Strand, near Tintagel, for some exciting photography using long exposure times to soften motion and to enhance stationary detail.  With the winds blowing and the waves roaring, the young photographers revelled in the excitement of capturing wonderful romantic images of the sea and shore.  It was now early evening and so everyone retired to enjoy the warm hospitality offered by the Port William Inn.

An inspirational day was had by all, and Jesse, Tori and Anna, together with their parents Jules, Martin and Catherine, expressed their sincere thanks to Ross, Peter and Caroline for a truly memorable day.  In return, Ross presented signed copies of one of his books to the three age group winners.  Sadly, the intermediate age group winner, Madeleine Price-Lewis of Richard Lander School, was unable to attend the workshop, but her book has been forwarded to her.

In closing the day, Ross Hoddinott said that the workshop was one of the best and most enjoyable that he had ever run.  He praised the enthusiasm and skill of the young photographers and he encouraged them to keep experimenting and to have fun taking pictures.

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