Junior Camera Club: Joe's win proves his photography isn't ropey
THE first ever Junior Camera Club winner has proved that young people are "knot" too shabby when it comes to innovative photography.
Tollbar Academy pupil Joe Portlock, 15, of New Waltham, collected the £70 canvas print of his striking photo of some old rope last week – a prize for becoming the first person to win our new camera club for the under-18s.
Joe took the striking photo of knotted rope at Grimsby and Cleethorpes Yacht Club, then adjusted the contrast and brightness to make it even more eye-catching.
He said: "I saw the rope as I was walking through Cleethorpes and thought it looked like a great shot."
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Joe said he finds inspiration everywhere and carries his Nikon DSLR – which he spent months saving for – wherever he goes.
He added: "I always have a camera with me, I'm always looking for what would make a great picture.
"I will take lots of photographs and then look through them to choose the best ones."
Paul Burgess, manager of competition sponsor Comley Cameras, spent hours searching through some of the incredible entrants, trying to decided which would be the winner with colleagues.
Eventually, they chose Joe's interesting shot, which reflects our area's maritime heritage.
Mr Burgess said: "Seeing the photo brought me right back to being a child again when I used to go to the docks with my grandad in the days when you could roam freely on them.
"However, it was the texture and the colours in the photo that gave it that extra impact, setting it apart from the others – although it was a tough choice.
"Young people have a different way of looking things and a unique approach to the subject matter which we could see in the entrants."
Joe didn't go crazy with photo art or editing software – despite judges saying they were willing to accept slightly more creative entries.
"All I did was change the contrast and brightness – it is essentially original," he added.
Here we also show a new selection of entries from young snappers.
Get snapping. Junior Camera Club is open to anyone 16 years old or under and pictures must be taken locally.
To enter, e-mail a high resolution image – big enough to be used on a large canvas print – to firstname.lastname@example.org, with your name, address and, for junior entrants, your school, attached.