Pho­to­graph trio snap up top awards

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

A TRIO of keen-eyed pho­tog­ra­phers from Kings School have won awards for their im­ages.

From over 400 en­tries na­tion­wide, the three King’s School snap­pers scooped the three ma­jor win­ning awards in the Ju­nior, Se­nior and Staff sec­tions of the an­nual Mer­chant Tay­lors’ School’s pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion.

Sam Wor­thing­ton, 12, from Chelford, won the ju­nior award with his del­i­cate cap­ture of a ‘Lady­bird on an Anemone’; Josh Blake, 14, won the se­nior sec­tion, open to un­der-18s, for his pic­ture of ‘The Shard from the South­bank’ on a gloomy Lon­don morn­ing, and mu­sic teacher Jane Bar­ratt won the staff sec­tion with her ‘End of Day in Bor­row­dale.’

Only Sam used any­thing more com­pli­cated than his phone, op­er­at­ing a Canon with a 120mm macro lens and ar­rang­ing the lady­bird, dew­drop and leaf on a black vel­vet back­ground.

Josh and Jane both said their shots was just a mat­ter of be­ing in the right place at the right time.

Josh added: “I have spent quite a bit of time get­ting fa­mil­iar with the all the set­tings on the cam­era phone.”

Josh, who also won with an­other pic­ture of some in­dus­trial rev­o­lu­tion me­chan­i­cal cogs from the Manch­ester’s Mu­seum of Sci­ence In­dus­try, was awarded a to­tal of £225, while both Sam and Jane won £150.

King’s School pho­tog­ra­pher Mike Carter, who has taken pic­tures for the school for the last 20 years, said: “The pic­tures cer­tainly show an eye for the mo­ment and have a pow­er­ful even dra­matic qual­ity.

“Hope­fully they are all too busy in the class­room to take on my role.”

The win­ners were se­lected by a panel of artists and pho­tog­ra­phers in a blind com­pe­ti­tion only seg­re­gated by age groups with the judges not know­ing which school or in­di­vid­ual pho­tog­ra­pher had sub­mit­ted the pho­to­graph.

Deb­bie In­man, head of art at King’s, said: “Pho­tog­ra­phy is an im­por­tant el­e­ment of the art cur­ricu­lum and as th­ese won­der­ful pic­tures show is open to any­one with a cre­ative eye who hap­pens to have a smart­phone.”

King’s also had some cred­itable run­ners-up awards with Sophie Clegg in the Ju­nior divi­sion and Sam Dan­son from year seven.

●● Kings stu­dents Sam Wor­thing­ton and Josh Blake and mu­sic teacher Jane Bar­ratt were win­ners in this year’s Mer­chant Tay­lors’ School pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion

●● Mac­cles­field Col­lege Sports Stu­dents present the cheque to Ste­fanie Underhill from Age UK

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