'Grubs Up' by Georgia Harding, aged 12
RSPCA Young Photographer Awards 2011 Winner of 12-15 years category
On 16 December 2011 at the Tower of London, the RSPCA announced the winners of their annual contest, which seeks out the photographic talents of individuals 18 and under for the Young Photographer Awards. The aim of the annual contest is to “encourage young people's interest in photography and show their appreciation and understanding of the animals around them.” The categories available to participants include Under 12s, 12-15 year olds, 16-18 year olds, Pet Personalities, Portfolio, Making Life Better, Garden Wildlife and People’s Choice. An overall winner is also chosen from the winners of the individual categories.
While there were many exceptional entries, it was great to see so many girls at the top. Twelve year old Georgia Harding won the 12-15 years category with her photo entitled ‘Grubs Up.’ Sophie Bramall, aged 10, won the under 12 years category with her photo ‘Black-tailed Godwit in the Mist,’ while sixteen year old Amy Wilton won the Pet Personality category with her photo entitled ‘Running Whippets.’ Jo Cock, aged 15, won the Making Life Better category with her photo entitled ‘Happy.’ And these were just some of the winners! Girls also received runners-up and highly commended awards in each category. A couple of my favourites that won the highly commended honours include Emily Biggs “Conquering a Blustery Peak” and Hemma Jari “Running through the Waves” photos. They are too cute! The winners' gallery can be viewed here.
In looking through the winners’ gallery 2011, there truly is some amazing young talent out there. And what an extraordinary opportunity for these individuals to have such a platform in which to share their beautiful photos! It is a commendable outlet for young aspiring artists that the RSPCA has facilitated as well as a wonderful opportunity to showcase animals and highlight a continued awareness for animal well-being, love, and respect. Have a look for yourself. You won’t be disappointed!
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