through younger eyes
CAMERON BURTON from Ruislip has been judged the winner of the 12-16 age group in the Gazette’s photo competition ‘Through Younger Eyes’, which ran at the tail end of 2012.
Cameron, 15, of Stafford Road, produced a stunning high-speed shot of a water droplet (see right) to edge a very high quality field of entries and pick up the first prize of a training session with top professional photographer Micki Aston, from Gerrards Cross.
The competition, which attracted more than 80 entries in two age groups, was Ms Aston’s idea, aimed at encouraging more youngsters to take up photography as a hobby.
She said: “I’m really knocked out by the response we received and the quality of entries was extraordinarily high..”
Of Cameron’s winning entry, she said: “The technique which he has used is spot on. I know he took a lot of shots to achieve this, but good on him. I would mark this 20 out of 20 in an adult photographic competition, never mind a youngsters’ one!”
Cameron was delighted with his victory and said: “I’m really looking forward to my tutorial with Micki – I love photography and I’m hoping to learn a lot from her.”
Runner-up in the 12-16 age group was 12-year-old Giles Kelly who snapped his dog, Poppy, chasing a ball through a recently-harvested wheat field. He wins a photography book.
In the under 12 category, first prize of a training session from Ms Aston went to Alex Upward, 10, of Beaconsfield for his close-up shot of a barbed wire strand, while Cecilia Woolf’s action shot of her cat, Lola, pouncing on her pal, won the runner-up prize of a photography book for the nine-year-old from Amersham.
Also involved in judging the competition were Gazette chief photographer Chris Berry and community editor Mort Smith.
Ms Aston is keen to make the contest an annual event, so watch for details of 2013’s competition later this year in the Gazette.