The entries for the first ever Henley Young Photographer of the Year “blew away” the judges with their quality.
The competition started by James and Katy of Astral Photographics and Red Fox saw 59 entries from children as young as 4 right up to 18 who had captured their shots on both phones and cameras. Primary School aged children were asked to capture Henley wildlife and older children ‘Hidden Henley.’ The winners were announced last Saturday after families were invited to a gallery exhibition day at the Astral and Red Fox studio in Enterprise Park where they could also enjoy a hog roast, face painting and raffle with all proceeds going to Bullying UK.
The Head Partnership (THP) solicitors, Henley Town Council, The Henley Sweet Company and The Artisan Hog Roast Company supported the competition and the prizes included Canon DSLR cameras, digital photo frames, subscriptions to National Geographic and Jasper, the cuddly toy Red Fox mascot.
Fleur Wood won first prize in 7-10 year old category with her excellent photo of a Demoiselle. Fleur said, “I’m really happy that I won. This is the first time I’ve entered a proper photography competition. I didn’t have any thing specific in mind to photograph. I just kept my eyes open. I think I’ll be taking lots more photos with this new camera.”
Rosie Perisce-Burrell who came 3rd in the 7-10 category with a photo of a peacock. Rosie said, “He comes to visit our garden and sits on the pergola in the sunshine at our house in Fawley. I’ve named him Perry the Peacock. I took the shot with my Mum’s big Canon camera.”
Joshua Nicholson’s picture of butterfly took 8 shots. He said “I tried to take other insects including an ant but I liked this one because I think I captured the movement.”
Henry McLean, aged 6 who came 3rd in the 4-6 year old category took his photo of a dragonfly after his grandma saw it inside his house. Henry then watched it fly to pear tree in his garden before he caught it on camera. He entered two other photos of cygnets and a Canadian goose.
TV Presenter, Simon Thomas who is a keen photographer was one of the judges along with James, Katy and Richard Rodway from THP. Simon said, “The best camera is the one you have in your pocket to capture that moment.”
The winners were:
1st Eli Heywood
2nd Anya McGinn
3rd Henry McLean
1st Fleur Woods
2nd Luca Wells
3rd Rose Perisce-Burrell
1st Millie Phillips
2nd Madeleine Hepworth
3rd Hal Booth
1st William Lovatt
2nd Jake Collins
3rd Ellie Kingham
Katy said, “It was very difficult to choose the winners. William’s photo was stunning and really stood out. We weren’t quite sure what Millie’s was but we thought it was really different. When we looked at Fleur’s we went wow and thought it was done by a professional and Eli’s was an amazing composition which blew us all away too.”