A photo by Lucy Stevens from Isambard Community School in Redhouse has won the secondary category in the National School Photography Awards 2016 run by FSE Design in partnership with Jessops and Manfrotto.
There were more than 1,000 entries to the competition in which entrants were asked to capture ‘aspiration.’ The images were judged by Ian Savage, Head of Training & Development at Jessops, Tony Hardacre, photographer for The Times Education Supplement, John Robertson, photographer for The Guardian, and Daniel Baxby, deputy headteacher at Wrenn Academy.
The judges assessment of Lucy’s picture ‘Ballet Dreams’ was ‘This photo says aspiration perfectly! It’s ‘aspiration’ in a look! The composition is good, post production work has been done well and hasn’t distracted from the image.”
Lucy, who is in Year 7, said: “I was really, really surprised when I heard my picture had won; I thought it was just been short-listed. My older sister Charlotte is a keen photographer and I’ve been getting involved too.
“The image is of my seven year old cousin Lilly who was waiting to take part in her ballet class at the Purton School of Dance in the Link Centre. I only did a little bit in Photoshop to get the effect I wanted.”
Lucy won a Nikon 3300 24.2-megapixel DX format DSLR, a camera bag and a tripod. Professional photographer Tony Hardacre will spend a day at Isambard talking to students interested in photography.
Lucy added: “It’s lovely to see my picture blown up to poster size. I’m really looking forward to the photo day with the professional. Winning has given me confidence to improve my photography.
Other winners include the Feversham Digital Leaders at Feversham Primary who won first place in the primary category and Chloe Burnham from Lodge Park Academy in the Post 16 Category.
FSE Design specialises in providing school prospectus design, school web design, school branding and all other aspects of school marketing
Photos of Lucy and her winning image by Richard Wintle of Calyx