Callum, eight, snaps up top prize in photography competition

An eight-year-old Vale of Glamorgan school pupil snapped up one of the top prizes in a nationwide photography competition run by Natural Resources Wales which focused on the important relationship between our woodlands and water.

Callum Savory, from Barry, received £100 worth of high street vouchers and a visit for all his classmates at Romilly Primary School to a Natural Resources Wales-managed woodland of their choice after he won the competition’s 11 and Under age category.

Natural Resources Wales received more than 500 entries to the competition, with gift vouchers totalling £450 up for grabs for the best images depicting the enduring connection between one of our most beautiful and constantly changing habitats and water.

Children from as young as three years old up to 18 took their cameras out to a variety of environments including coniferous and broadleaved woodlands, beaches bordering woodlands and parkland in search of a winning picture.

Callum – who took his winning image of water swirling through a woodland in Margam Park – was in good company as the whole school entered the competition as part of their lessons.

The competition judges said the care and thought that went in to the overhead angle of Callum’s picture emphasised the movement of the water and allowed the viewer to almost hear the water flowing and churning around in the river.

Second prize in the 11 and Under category went to Non Hofsteed White of Ysgol Llandygai Bangor, Gwynedd who won £75 of high street vouchers, and third prize (£50 of vouchers), was won by Jacob Devereux, also of Ysgol Llandygai.

The 12 to 18 age category was won by Iori Sean Thorpe, 16, from Ysgol Friars in Bangor, Gwynedd, whose picture of golden leaves floating in water above the reflection of a tree was praised by the judges for its striking use of light and shade, which added a magical quality to the image.

Second prize (£75 of vouchers) in this category was won by Lauren Price of Ysgol Gyfun Garth Olwg in the Vale of Glamorgan, and third prize (£50 of vouchers) went to Eve Barrett of Llangollen.

This was the third year of the competition which seeks to encourage youngsters to explore the natural world around them through the camera’s lens.

Competition organiser Sheena O’Leary said,

“The competition was all about encouraging children to go out and appreciate the beauty of nature, and the results have been astounding.

“Some captured the movement of fast flowing rivers through our woodlands while others showed the calm of still lakes. The skill with the camera and the eye for beauty that these children have shown has really blown us away.”

In addition to the vouchers and woodland visits, the winners will receive a copy of their winning picture printed onto canvas and could also see their images featured in Natural Resources Wales publications.

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