Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury this week announced the local winner and runners up for the RIBI Young Photographer Competition for senior students aged 14 to 17 years. 

The nation-wide competition encourages young people to express their interpretation of the given theme which this year is ‘Peace’. Entrants were asked to submit a portfolio of three different prints on their own choice of topic within the theme, either in colour or black and white.

The judging panel included; local photographer Richard McDonough; Alex James a former pupil of Chipping Sodbury School, also a professional photographer; and Town Councillor Paul Whittle.

‘The quality of work submitted was of an exceptionally high standard and we took over two and a half hours to make our final decision, congratulations should go to all of the entrants’, commented judge Rich McDonough. Judges based their decision on the imaginative interpretation of the theme and on technical merit.

Winning student from Chipping Sodbury School, Naomi Peacock commented, ‘I attempted to capture the peace, innocence and serenity of living things with the use of black and white and soft calming colours. The delicate water droplets, young animals and white feathers represent tranquility and tenderness’,

Isabelle King, also from Chipping Sodbury took second place with Brimsham Green student Melissa Naylor in third. The winner and runners up each received a certificate and Jessops gift voucher, presented by Rotary President Iain Dunnett. 

Rotary President Iain Dunnett with competition winner and runners up, Isabelle King next to Iain, Naomi Peacock centre and Melissa Naylor far right.

Naomi, who entered three stunning pictures will now compete at the Rotary District Final in February and if successful will head for the RIBI National Competition in May 2013. 

Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI), as the name suggests, is the association of Rotary clubs within England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland, comprising 53,000 members – men and women of all ages and backgrounds – in 1,850 clubs.

Rotary clubs are based within local communities, with their members meeting on a regular basis to enjoy friendship, networking, and to plan projects that will benefit the lives of others.

Rotary clubs depend on the skills, expertise and dedication of their members, who work hard to change the lives of people in communities both at home and abroad.

Source: The Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury.