Budding photographers were treated to a visit by a children’s TV celebrity at Harwich & Dovercourt High School. Naomi Wilkinson, who has presented programmes including ‘Milkshake’ for Channel 5, ‘Yuk’ and ‘Fingertips’ for ITV and BBC’s ‘Naomi’s Nightmares of Nature’, ‘Marrying Mum & Dad’, and ‘Wild & Weird’, judged the ‘Amazing Angles’ Photo Competition. She also presented prizes to pupils who entered the competition.
Naomi gave a fascinating talk about her career in television, telling pupils and their parents how she started out as a Butlin’s Redcoat, before getting her break into television. She also showed clips from her wildlife programmes, explaining how important it is to conserve and protect animals in the natural world.
Naomi said, ‘I had a wonderful day visiting Harwich and Dovercourt High School having had the unenviable task of judging their photography competition. There were so many excellent entries that fulfilled the ‘Amazing Angles’ criteria and it was a real treat to be asked to hand out the prizes to the very deserving winners. I’m delighted that this school is encouraging their students to be creative, imaginative and tap into their artistic skills with this annual competition’.
The competition was open to pupils at the high school and local primaries, as well as HDHS staff. The aim was for entrants to take pictures from an unusual angle or perspective. There was a fantastic range of different subjects photographed, with over 50 entries submitted.
Primary Schools Group:
James Morgan – It’s Too Hot; Elizabeth Garnham – Amazing Architecture;
Matilda Belshaw – Serres Landscape, France; Eleanor Rowland – Delightful Dusk. (Prize – Large chocolate bar each).
Runner up: Lucy Gooding-Matthews – My Hamford View. (Prize – £20 voucher).
Winner: Harry Newman – I Spy. (Prize – Nikon digital camera).
Harwich & Dovercourt High School Group:
Katelyn Horne – Bertie; Jayden Carr – Slanted Seafront; Katherine Hammond – A Leap to Success; Gemma Hewes – Let’s go to the Beach.
(Prize – Large chocolate bar each).
Runner up: Kimberley Mulligan – Splash! (Prize – £20 voucher)
Winner: Isla Grubb – Red. (Prize – Nikon digital camera)
Grand Winner – Isla Grubb – Red. (Prize – Samsung Galaxy tablet; Electric toothbrush).
Runner up: Mrs Chambers – Through the Porthole (Prize – £10 voucher)
Winner: Mrs Day – Frank (Prize – £20 voucher).
Andrew Dace, Library Manager, said, ‘The quality of the photos taken was outstanding, with some really innovative ideas used by entrants to meet the competition theme.
We were extremely fortunate to have someone of Naomi Wilkinson’s reputation judge the competition and visit our school. It was an absolute pleasure to meet her. The children were really thrilled to have the opportunity to see Naomi, with one pupil saying it was her best day ever!’
‘On behalf of Harwich & Dovercourt High School I would like to thank the following competition sponsors / donators: Harwich Rotary Club; Hughes Electrical; Portman Dentalcare (Bay View Dental Harwich); Accent Stationers and Howletts Cycles, Harwich’.
Plans for next year’s competition are already being made. If anyone is interested in sponsoring it then they are more than welcome to contact Andrew Dace on 01255 245460 ext 225, or at Andrew.Dace@hdhs.school.