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Young Croydon snappers' talents on show in Rotary contest


EYES, eggs, ospreys and other wonders of nature have helped students win over the judges at an annual photo contest.

The winners of this year's Rotary Club of Croydon South's photography competition were announced last Tuesday at a prize-giving ceremony.

Students from Trinity School, in Shirley, performed particularly well in the contest, which was themed on the natural world.

Four of its students won prizes, including Joe Clacher, 14, who clinched the under-17 people's choice award after his teacher secretly entered his photo of eggs on a reflective table.

He said: "I was kind of worried because I got my parents and brothers to come and it was a long way for them to travel and I did not want to let them down.

"I think the photo just stood out from the others – it had a lot of bold colours."

Fellow Trinity pupil Tommy Scopes, 15, won second prize in the under-17s category for his shot of an osprey, taken while boating off the Florida coast.

Contest prizes include shadowing photographers Jan Podsiadly and the Advertiser's David Cook, and a photo-shoot of Croydon mayor Eddy Arram.

Ben Hines, 17, won the latter after coming second in the over-17s category, for his image of students' faces transposed onto Croydon buildings.

The Coulsdon Sixth Form College student said: "It is going to help my future as it will be good for my portfolio."

Billy Searle, 17, won the over-17 people's choice award, for his close-up of his mother's left eye.

Josie Evans, 18, who attends Warlingham School, won the over-17s category, for her picture of a violinist playing underneath Paris's Eiffel Tower.

Graham Upton, from the Croydon South Rotary Club, said the judges had been "very pleased" with the high quality of the entries, which were all exhibited at the Clocktower café for five weeks before the prize-giving ceremony presided over by the mayor.

Mr Upton added John Reeve, the owner of Clocktower café, has offered each winner their own exhibition later in the year.

Young Croydon snappers' talents on show  in Rotary contest

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