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Competition showcases photography talents of young students

The Ilkley Grammar School picture shows: LtoR: Rory Bruce (Age Group 14-17), Rebecca Haestier (Age Group 11-13), Alfie Wilson (Age Group 14-17), Arthur Wallace (Age Group 11-13), and Francis McCann (Age Group 11-13)

Eight talented Ilkley Wharfedale students were honoured for their submissions to the Young Photographers Competition in Ilkley Town Hall Council Chambers on January 18th.

The local competition was organised by Ilkley Wharfedale Rotary Club‘s Youth Division under the leadership of Marilyn Ginns and with donations-in-kind from Tesco and Annings Photography.

The competition attracted eighteen high quality entries with personal and creative interpretations of the theme, “the Beauty of Architecture”.

The potential interpretations varied immensely, from snowflakes to man-made structures, which the judges, Rotary Club Member, Chris Short and Laura Mate of Laura Mate Photography, found challenging to differentiate.

The winners in each of the three age groups are:

Group 1: Ages 5-10:

1st Eliza Browne (Ashlands Primary School) with her picture of a miniature church built by a gentleman for his grandchildren

2nd Olive Smith (Ashlands Primary School) Nature’s Abbey

3rd Layla-Rae Stancliffe (Burley Oaks Primary School) Paris through a peep-hole

Group 2: Ages 11-13:

1st Francis McCann (Ilkley Grammar School) with a moody black & white Cartier-Bresson-esque photograph of a staircase scene

2nd Rebecca Haestier (Ilkley Grammar School) Salts Mill Alley

3rd Arthur Wallace (Ilkley Grammar School) Stairs and stairs and stairs

Group 3: Ages 14-17:

1st Rory Bruce (Ilkley Grammar School) with a technically perfectly framed photograph of the Abbeyfield Care Home.

2nd Alfie Wilson (Ilkley Grammar School) Keep looking up

Prizes were awarded to the top three positions in each group with £30 for 1st, £20 for 2nd and £10 for 3rd.

First place in each group will now be submitted to the Yorkshire and Humber Rotary District competition, and should any photograph win in that competition, it will be entered into the National competition.

The photographs will be exhibited in the Clarke Foley Centre from 25th January to 2nd February. They are also available to view on the Rotary Club of Ilkley Wharfedale Facebook page.

The event last Wednesday (18th January) attended by the winners, their parents, and school representatives was opened by Ilkley Mayor, Mark Stidworthy and, closed by Wharfedale Rotary Club Joint President Jo Jarvis with Councillor Peter Mate.

Marilyn Ginns who chaired the event said, “we have been very pleased with the quality of the submissions and look forward to an even larger competition in 2023.”

The Ashlands & Burley Oaks picture shows (all Age Group 5-10): LtoR: Layla-Rae Stancliffe (Burley Oaks Primary), Olive Smith (Ashlands Primary), Eliza Browne (Ashlands Primary)


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