Forty-four young people from the local area took up the challenge this year to produce original pictures based on the theme of “Water.” The quality and variety of entries was very impressive and set the judges a tough task to decide on the winners. In the end they unanimously agreed on the three winning entries.

In the Junior section, the winner Aimee Bacon (age 11) from Whyteleafe School submitted a beautifully composed picture of ducks on Sanderstead pond. In the Intermediate section, Katie Conway (age 14) from de Stafford School came up with a very clever interpretation of the theme, with a picture of a water colour paintbrush laying on a canvass of muted paints. Winner in the Senior section, Ethan Gomm (age 17) from Warlingham 6th Form produced a stunning composition of a derelict building and its’ reflection in standing water. [See photos below & click on to enlarge]

The winners and runners-up received certificates and cash prizes at a garden party held in their honour  on 5th July. The judges also awarded 12 entries with Achievement Certificates. Everyone who took part really enjoyed the competition and, in some cases, have even been inspired to take photography further. 

Organiser of the event Rotarian Anji Flower said “this was originally the brain-child of our member Marianne Woods who sadly passed away earlier this year. She would have been delighted to see the enthusiasm and skill of the young photographers in Caterham & local areas. This is her ongoing legacy which Caterham Rotary are pleased to support.”

The competition sponsor, Caterham Photography based in Croydon Road Caterham, has kindly offered the use of their shop window to display the photographs later this month.  So prepare to be impressed at the brilliance of Caterham Youth!