Young snappers celebrate winning the Banbury Young Photographer of the Year Competition

Two young people from the Banbury area received vouchers and certificates for coming top of their groups in the Banbury Rotary Club's Young Photographer 2021 competition.

Tuesday, 29th June 2021, 8:51 am
Updated Tuesday, 29th June 2021, 12:28 pm
Finn Tibbetts and Hollie Hughes are pictured with their prizes. Also pictured are, from left to right, Harry Rhodes, David Richardson the Rotary President and Rotarians Tim Bryce and Ashley Bedding
Finn Tibbetts and Hollie Hughes are pictured with their prizes. Also pictured are, from left to right, Harry Rhodes, David Richardson the Rotary President and Rotarians Tim Bryce and Ashley Bedding

The winners were Finn Tibbetts, who goes to St John's Priory School (juniors) and Hollie Hughes, a Chenderit pupil who won the intermediate section of the competition.

Entrants were asked to submit three photographs on a theme of Wild Nature. Finn’s winning pictures were a wonderful photo of reflections on a lake, a shot of an extraordinarily well-camouflaged frog and a well-judged picture of a line of trees.

Hollie’s selection comprised a cheerful robin, a huge, naked tree in winter and some beautiful, bright blue garden flowers.

The competition was open to three age groups but sadly there were no entries from the 14 to 17-years section. However the judges had at least 30 impressive entries from the seven to ten years and 11 to 13-years age groups.

A panel of Banbury Rotarians including retired photographer and Rotarian, Tim Bryce, well-known Banbury photographer Harry Rhodes of Tudor Photography, Bernard Goodchild and John Groves of the Rotary Club of Banbury judged the competition.

Rotarian Bernard Goodchild said: “In the UK Rotary organises several Youth Competitions starting with local heats, moving through regional events to a UK final.

“The Rotary Club of Banbury has organised a local heat for Young Music and a Young Chef competition for several years from which many local youngsters have had the opportunity to widen their experience and improve their skills and experience that has enabled them to move into a long-term career in these fields.”

The photographic competition for young people was thought to be an interesting, useful and safe youth competition during pandemic lockdowns.