Photograph trio snap up top awards
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