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December 09, 2010 04:00 ET

Top Young Snappers of 2010 Revealed

Red Boots, Wonky Lemur Tree, Beautiful Butterfly, Piece of Coloured Glass and Overdressed Shadow - This Is a Child's Eye View of the World Caught in a Click

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 9, 2010) -

Editors Note: There are five photos associated with this press release.

The NSPCC and PhotoBox today announced the winners of the PhotoBox / ChildLine Young Photographer of the Year 2010 and it makes for fascinating viewing!

The competition, now in its second year, was open to all children under the age of 18. After receiving a large number of impressive entries, the judges had the difficult job of whittling it down to the lucky four winners from each category: Under 8's, 9-12 Years, 13-15 Years and 16-18 Years.

Under 8's
My Sister's Red Boots, by Amelia Spain, age 6
9-12
Lemur Tree, by Chris Pritchard, age 11
Butterfly, by Daniel Adams, age 10
13-15
Trapped, by Heather Elisabeth Bailey, age 14
16-18
Shadow, by Elisha Hook, age 16 (well 15 and a lot of months)

Each of the winners will receive their own individual prize, ranging from entry and an overnight stay at some of the UK's top children's attractions and experiences, including Chessington World of Adventures, Legoland and Alton Towers plus Merlin Annual Passes, digital cameras and a whole load of PhotoBox goodies.

It's fascinating to listen to each young snapper list their different motivations for taking these photos and really appreciate the great stories behind each individual lens.

16-18 years winner, Elisha Hook, told us the reason she took Shadow is because she wanted to be different. She's always liked surrealism and illusions and really wanted to put her own stamp on things. Shadow is part of her school art exam focusing on the world 'Change'.

Whilst little Amelia Spain, winner of the Under 8's, was trying to copy mummy, a budding photographer, while looking for the perfect shot of mushrooms in the woodlands – there she was lying on leaves playing around with mummy's camera, convinced she had seen a mouse, when big sister steps over and 'click', My Sister's Red Boots was born!

Lemur Tree, was taken by joint winner of the 9-12 category, Chris Pritchard in Fuengirola Zoo. Chris and his camera are at home with each other as he has hearing problems and wears a hearing aid, so likes to keep to himself. He loves nothing more than taking snaps with his camera as this is something he can do on his own, which gives him a big independence boost!! A nature theme continues in this category with 10 year old joint winner, Daniel Adams's Butterfly, taken in Muscat, Oman; his view of the world is a little different to the norm, as constant sunshine does produce beauty in the form of insects and flowers that exist 365 days of the year and Daniel has managed to capture this beautifully! Both were delighted to be the only boys to be crowned winners for this competition.

Lastly, in the stunning 'Trapped', Heather Elisabeth Bailey, just 14, was going through a really tough time and her photo captures her defiance at feeling trapped yet wanting to do something positive, creative and fun to express her feelings – in her own words: "I wanted people to interpret this photo in any way they like, without necessarily knowing the story behind it – like I am playing hide and seek rather than feeling trapped." On winning she was shocked and overwhelmed that her photo had been noticed and said this was the best week of her life as she has not only won this coveted award, but her EP is coming out next week and will be released on iTunes.

What's next for these photography stars?

The four winners plus eight runners-up are now on the path to photography fame, as their photos will be published and made available to buy nationwide in a special PhotoBox / ChildLine Young Photographer of the Year 2010 Poster calendar. This calendar will be available to buy through PhotoBox.co.uk and 25% of the sales will go to support ChildLine.

NSPCC judge and television presenter Ortis Deley said: "I was very impressed with the photos overall. There was a fantastic range of depth, creativity and technical ability. I'm sure the names of a few will be big in the world of photography in the future."

Professional award winning photographer Annabel Williams, commented: "We were impressed with the array of images submitted in all the categories, making it hard to choose the winners, but we went for the ones we felt best signified the 'Child's Eye View' and really stood out for us."

NSPCC Corporate Partnerships Manager Gwen Grant commented: "We are delighted with how successful the competition has been and think that the standard of entries has been incredible. Every day, hundreds of calls are made to ChildLine or the NSPCC Helpline for help and many unfortunately go unanswered. All the funds raised by PhotoBox will go towards ChildLine."

PhotoBox UK, Managing Director, Mark Chapman concluded: "We're very pleased with how popular this competition has proved to be with children throughout the UK. It shows that children are really interested in photography from an early age. We hope to raise as much money as possible for the NSPCC through sales of the calendar and greeting cards, and ideally run this competition again next year."

Notes to Editors

For further information on the NSPCC please log onto www.nspcc.org.uk. If an adult is concerned about a child they can call 0808 800 5000 for confidential advice. Children who would like to speak to someone about anything troubling them can call 0800 1111.

About PhotoBox and NSPCC

About PhotoBox

PhotoBox is the leading online photo service in the UK where it pioneered online printing, storing, sharing, community and publishing services for digital photos before extending its range to innovative products such as photo books, calendars, and greeting cards. Merging with leading French service Photoways in April 2006 to create Europe's market leader, PhotoBox now boasts over 11million members and nearly 200million photo prints and has won more awards than any other online photo printing website with the latest including Which? Magazine's Best Buy and Gartner's CRM Excellence Award.

About the NSPCC

The NSPCC is the UK's leading children charity specialising in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children. The NSPCC runs projects and services across the United Kingdom and Channel Islands, including ChildLine, the UK's free, confidential 24-hour helpline for children and young people.

About the Judges:

Ortis Deley

Ortis Deley is an actor and television presenter who currently co-hosts The Gadget Show the popular technology TV show on Channel 5. Ortis's television career spans 15 years in which he has presented programmes such as Trouble TV, BBC's Live and Kicking, and Short Change as well as various CBBC shows. Not limited to television presenting, as an actor, Ortis was seen in a cameo role in the feature film Derailed alongside Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston. He also played a feature role in the British cult movie Kidulthood. 

Annabel Williams

Annabel Williams' reputation as both a world class photographer and an outstanding tutor is recognised across the globe. No stranger to both TV and the press, Annabel is also the author of several books on contemporary portraiture. Her passion and pioneering photographic training cemented in simple techniques accompanied by the refreshing mantra that photography is 90% psychology and 10% technical has made her a household name amongst photo lovers and aspiring amateurs alike. www.annabelwilliams.com

Shoot Experience

Shoot Experience is an experiential photography organization which uses photography, creativity and audience participation to engage people in a variety of topics. Working in partnership with exciting organisations, festivals and venues including Tate modern and the National Portrait Gallery. It runs photographic projects, events, competitions, exhibitions and workshops with the aim of putting the FUN into photography. Shoot Experience projects break boundaries and improve communication between participants and their environment, providing an accessible and artistic platform that initiates interaction and discussion. www.shootexperience.com.

To view the photos associated with this press release, please visit the following links:

http://www.marketwire.com/library/20101208-Red_boots_800.jpg

http://www.marketwire.com/library/20101208-lemur_tree_800.jpg

http://www.marketwire.com/library/20101208-Butterfly_800.jpg

http://www.marketwire.com/library/20101208-trapped_800.jpg

http://www.marketwire.com/library/20101208-Shadow_800.jpg

Contact Information

  • For further information on PhotoBox and this competition,
    including runners up (two per category), please contact:
    PhotoBox: Jemima Wade
    +44 (0)20 7087 4621
    Jemima.wade@photobox.com
    or
    PhotoBox
    Antia Buhigas
    +44 (0)20 7087 4611
    antia.buhigas@photobox.com

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