Henley Lions member, Ian Forster delighted the winners of their children’s nature photo competition on Saturday morning by handing over the camera prizes to Elysia Chilvers and Alex Glen in a fishing net to keep to a social distance!
Elysia’s photo of the dandelion clock, taken at her allotment was the winner in the wildflower category. Elysia is 10 and attends Trinity School. She said, “I’ve not taken many photos before this. I used my Mum’s Samsung phone to submit five photos. I didn’t think I would win as I’ve never entered a photo competition before. I’m really happy and excited to have won. I’m looking forward to taking lots of photos with the new camera.”
Alex, who is just four and attends Sacred Heart Pre-School won the wildlife category with his photo of a bee on purple Allium. His Mum Lisa said, “I was looking for meaningful things for Alex to do in lockdown and saw the competition on the Herald Facebook page. I gave him my phone to take some photos on so that I could get some weeding done in the garden. He took about 50 and said that he had taken a bee on the purple flower. I went through them all which included bits of dog bone and other random things and eventually found the one he was telling me about.” Alex said, “I like bees but my favourite things are dogs and otters.” He was very excited and surprised to win. He also submitted five photos and the bee one was his favourite. Alex made a thank you card for Henley Lions which he gave to Henley Lions Secretary, David Murray.
The competition was Ian’s idea, he said, “I thought because children were in isolation and shut down in their gardens or some in flats and apartments and it was dreadful. We had a photo competition about 10 years ago which I was involved in and about 3am one morning I thought why don’t we do that again. I thought Alex’s composition was excellent. For a four year to see an insect on an Allium is amazing and the colour made it a wow photograph. The dandelion was so simple but was in so much focus and the construction of the composition was so clever. All the entries were all superb, every single one and it was really difficult to choose.”