I was recently involved in the organization of a children’s photographic competition. This was a competition aimed a key stage 2 children and was targeted at a number of local schools, in the Halstead area. The competition was jointly organized and supported by the Rotary Club of Halstead, the Halstead Gazette and me, Tony Sale Photography. The theme was ‘Community Spirit’ and entrants were required to submit photographic prints at a minimum size of 7” x5”.

The winner of the competition was Carys Thomas (aged 11) a pupil at St Margaret’s School in Gosfield. Her winning photograph depicts an active market scene in her home town of Coggeshall. Carys said, “I took this picture because the community I live in relies on a market we now have every Thursday morning. It is a busy time when members of the community, old and young come out to buy things and to see each other”.

All of the judges liked the picture because, it had excellent composition and made great use of light and colour. They also liked the way that the picture leads the viewer through the scene from the small child at the front to the shoppers and staff in the middle and through to the man walking along in the background. Overall it depicts a real sense of community life.

Carys was awarded her prize at a special assembly held at St Margaret’s School, it consisted of a winners certificate, £25 cash and a family portrait session with Tony Sale Photography. The prize was awarded by Rotary President Mike Harrington Spier who said, “The standard of entries that were submitted was very very high absolutely superb. I thought Carys’ entry was excellent and she is a very worthy winner”.

I have reproduced Carys picture below along with photographs of her prize presentation by Rotary President Mike Harrington Spier.

I look forward now to honouring the first prize and shooting some family portraits.

Photograph of a market stall
Cary’s winning entry – Community spirit around the essential village market stall
Prize presentaation
Carrys receives her prize from the president of Halstead Rotary Club – Mike Harrington Spier

Carys recieves her prize from Rotary president Mike Harrington Spier - Rotary Club of Halstead

Young Photographer – Photographic Competition
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