School photographers snap up prizes

August 01 2018

A photography competition for A-level students has been hailed a success by the judges who said that the standard of entry was the best ever.

The event, sponsored annually by the Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury, featured eight students from Chipping Sodbury Sixth Form photography group who, accompanied by Head of Sixth form Gillian Hilleard, presented their images to a panel of experts. 

Casting an expert eye on the results were international photographic judge Betty Billingham, and local commercial photographer Rich McDonough. They were joined by Rotarians Richard Little and Doug Lodge.

Rich McDonough said: “The event enabled the students to exhibit their work and to have it examined and apprised by professional photographers. I have judged similar competitions previously but the standard this year surpassed anything that went before.’

The winner, with her picture of burning flowers, was Ellen Bush. Second prize went to Matt Bailey for his picture of melting ice droplets. Beth Goodchild’s picture of a perfectly lit skull was highly commended and Owen Ladip’s picture of two girls in the sea at sunset was commended.