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Capturing Star Talent13 Jul 2009

The Port of Tyne Reflect Awards are back again, this time Reflect has an under 16s category, Reflectyouth designed to get children and teenagers interested in photography and develop some star talent.

With seven weeks to go before the closing date for entries, the Port of Tyne Reflect Awards has already attracted over 1,000 stunning entries.

Reflectyouth has proved popular with young and old as parents and grandparents encourage their children and grandchildren to get involved. Schools are also seeing Reflectyouth as an excellent way to channel energy and creativity.

Miss Noble Year 5/6 Teacher at Dunn Street School Jarrow said "The photography workshop organised by the Port of Tyne was excellent, the children were really engaged in what they were doing and it made them look at their environment in a different way. Uploading their photos to the website has given added value to their work, and all the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves".

"The photos entered by Miss Noble's class are very imaginative and I hope to see more schools and community groups entering before the competition closes" said Jennifer Dunn Marketing and Communications Manager Port of Tyne.

This year, the Port of Tyne has widened Reflect to cover the region's people, places, rivers and environment and, with a new section for the under-16's, Reflectyouth - entries have been winging their way from across the North East region, covering Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne and Wear, part of North Yorkshire and the Tees Valley.

Having first tapped into the creative pulse of the region in 2007 to find a massive heartbeat of inspired and entrepreneurial energy, the Port of Tyne is hoping for equal success in seeking out the talent of the under-16s entering Reflectyouth. Mobile phone entries are accepted in the Reflectyouth category with a Reflectyouth top prize of £250.

There is a cash prize of £500 for each winner in the four categories, plus £50 vouchers to the runners-up, and what sets Reflect apart from other photography competitions is the chance for winners to exhibit their winning photograph at the BALTIC.

Judging the entries is a panel made up of some of the region's leading figures in business, arts and culture: Margaret Fay Chair of One North East, Godfrey Worsdale Director of BALTIC, Stella Hall Creative Director of Culture10, award winning photographer Jason Friend and Liz King, who is a committee member of the British Institute of Professional Photography and Managing Director of Visible Media.

If you haven't already visited the website www.reflect-tyne.com, it is well worth taking a look; the photos entered so far are stunning and accurately illustrate the energy and contrast of North East England.

The competition closes 1st September so there is still plenty of time to start taking photos, and it doesn't matter whether you're 8 or 80, Reflect is designed to capture your imagination.

Operational Note to Editors

The Port of Tyne is an important Northern Gateway and key player in the Tyne & Wear region; a dynamic trading hub with five business areas: conventional and bulk cargoes; logistics; car terminals; cruise and ferries; and estates.

For further information contact

Lisa Donohoe, Assistant Marketing & Communications Manager
Tel: 0191 455 2671
Mob: 07912 390 777
Email: lisa.donohoe@portoftyne.co.uk

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