Wed, 19 Oct 2016
LOCAL children summed up what their schools mean to them in a series of imaginative photographs during the Thatcham Festival.
The My School contest, organised by Thatcham Photographic Club, saw young people aged four to 17 submit their snaps.
The winners were presented with their prizes at the Old Bluecoat School, where a selection of club images were on display, on Sunday.
Winning the junior prize was Whitelands Park pupil Zara Kelly with an image of her feet on a hopscotch grid. Zara, aged 10, said that she thought it would be nice to capture the shadow in the composition.
Judges said that the well-composed and exposed image was different from the norm and told a story.
Her mother, Maria James, said that she would buy Zara a pair of shoes with the prize money that she wouldn’t have bought her otherwise.
Winning the intermediate section was Paige Caplin for her black and white portrait of her friend Nel at Trinity School.
Paige, who studies photography at Trinity, said: “I just love the creativity of it and how you can express your life.”
Judges said that the image was a well executed monochrome with an architectural aspect.
Scooping the senior prize was Rhiannon Phillips for her collage image of Kennet School’s Christmas production of the Elves and the Shoemaker.
Rhiannon said that she entered the collage because of the range of lighting effects, which led to the facial features of the cast standing out.
Judges said that the collage was a different and pleasant approach to the competition and that components were well-exposed showing good low lighting technique.