Iori snaps up a winner with ‘magical’ picture

A thought-provoking image of golden leaves floating above the reflection of a tree secured Gwynedd schoolboy Iori Sean Thorpe one of the top prizes in a nationwide photography competition run by Natural Resources Wales.

Iori, 16, who attends Ysgol Friars in Bangor, stood out among the hundreds of entries for the competition which focused on the important relationship between our woodlands and water.

Iori, from Caernarfon, Gwynedd received £100 worth of high street vouchers and a visit for all his classmates to a Natural Resources Wales-managed woodland of the school’s choice after he won the competition’s 12 to 18 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.

The competition judges praised Iori’s picture for its striking use of light and shade, which they said added a magical quality to the image.

Second prize (£75 of vouchers) in the 12 to 18 years 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.

The 11 and Under category was won by eight-year-old Callum Savory of Romilly Primary School in the Vale of Glamorgan. Second prize 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.

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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