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Old Palace Sixth Former wins Croydon Rotary photography competition.

Old Palace participated in the great Croydon Rotary Club photography competition which saw the opportunity for one talented AS student to win The People’s Choice award.

Back in September, Photography AS students were encouraged by their teacher to enter the South Croydon Rotary Club photography competition based on the theme ‘Wildlife’. The competition was open to all Croydon school sixth forms. There were two sets of prizes: one for over 17s and one for under 17s each in two categories; the people’s choice and the judge’s choice. Year 12 Sixth Form student, Rebecca entered two images; one of a cygnet on the Norfolk Broads and another of a bee on a flower near Beddington Park. “To my surprise, I won both of the over 17 categories for my cygnet picture,” Rebecca commented.

The prize awarded by the judges was a day spent doing work experience with David Cook, a professional freelance Photojournalist. Rebecca met David in Caterham where they took photos in the Soper Hall which was built in 1911, as Council Offices for Caterham Urban District Council. Rebecca was able to practice her outdoor wide angle shots of the various Christmas stalls in the two main halls throughout the day. “This was something very different for me as I am used to close-up outdoor photography,” Rebecca recalls.

Afterwards, they made their way to Church Street, one of the main shopping areas of Caterham, to take some pictures of the Christmas stalls and the stallholders. Some of these photos were posed images which involved asking the stallholders to hold up some of the items they were selling to get them in the shot. “I enjoyed using the long telephoto lens to get close ups of people who were browsing the stalls, and managed to take images of the choirs that were singing at various points during the day.”

Rebecca also managed to take a photo of Santa turning on the Christmas lights, although it was a challenge to get a perfect shot as it was hard to see above the crowd.

David had been commissioned to do this work for the local CR3 magazine which is distributed to over 13,000 homes and businesses throughout Caterham.

Commenting on the experience, Rebecca said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the day and learnt a great deal about my camera, types of lenses and how to take shots from different angles. I also learned more about Photoshop picture editing software. The People’s Choice prize was a meal for two at a local fish and chip restaurant which I will enjoy with my family.”


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