Young win­ners are in the frame for suc­cess

Middleton Guardian - - MODEL SEARCH - HE­LEN JOHN­SON

THE eight win­ners of the Mid­dle­ton Shopping Cen­tre Modelsearch com­pe­ti­tion have been cho­sen.

Judges have cho­sen two win­ners in each of four age cat­e­gories - one of whom will be cho­sen as the over­all win­ner later this year.

The group, who are aged from five to 20, will be fea­tured in the cen­tre’s ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paigns and on its so­cial me­dia sites.

They are set to take part in a pro­fes­sional photo shoot in the au­tumn and will each re­ceive a port­fo­lio of pho­tos.

From here, one fi­nal win­ner will be cho­sen from among the eight to re­ceive a Lon­don stu­dio shoot next year, where they will be styled and pho­tographed by some top in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als.

The event, or­gan­ised in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Mid­dle­ton Guardian, be­gan with two scout­ing days in May.

More than 280 peo­ple en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion and 55 were in­vited to the cen­tre ear­lier this month to at­tend cast­ings with a panel of judges made up of Lynette How­gate, Mid­dle­ton Shopping Cen­tre man­ager, Michael Knowles of Modelsearch and pho­tog­ra­pher Vin­cent Abbey.

Lynette How­gate said: “We would like to thank ev­ery­one who came down to the Cen­tre to take part in our Modelsearch com­pe­ti­tion.

“At the cast­ings we were truly spoilt for choice but it was not just the great looks that im­pressed us.

“With­out ex­cep­tion, every model in every age cat­e­gory was charm­ing, po­lite and had so many ex­tra tal­ents, skills and in­ter­ests.

“It was a real priv­i­lege to meet so many de­light- ful peo­ple and we are so sorry we could not choose ev­ery­one.”

THE win­ners, cho­sen in age cat­e­gories of four to six, seven to ten, 11 to 15 and 16 and over are: Cather­ine Hig­gin­bot­tom, 6; Ri­ley Welsby-Dickson, 5; Gabriella Giblin, 7; Zac Kunyo, 7; Shanua Bridg­wa­ter, 15; Finn­ley Collyer, 14; Deniz Cakir­goz, 20 and Caleb Clo­ran, also 20.

Ri­ley Welsby-Dickson

Deniz Cakir­goz

Gabriella Giblin

Shanua Bridg­wa­ter

Zac Kunyo

Caleb Clo­ran

Finn­ley Collyer

Cather­ine Hig­gin­bot­tom

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