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The Port of Tyne used the Fuse Media Centre in Prudhoe, Northumberland as the venue for a series of workshops aimed at encouraging young people to enter this year's Reflect photo and film competition.


Since its launch six years ago the competition has grown to attract entries from across the UK and inspires everyone young and old to take part by capturing the people, places and environment of North East England on camera.
More than 60 young people from schools in North Tyneside, County Durham and Northumberland took part in the day-long workshop organised by the Port. The workshops at the Fuse - one of the region's leading media production facilities, were tailored to hone skills in news photography, documentary making, animation and film editing.

Susan Wear, Port of Tyne Director of Corporate Affairs said: "The competition offers something really inspirational for young people, and we wanted to provide the best opportunity for anyone 16 and under to develop new skills under the tutorage of some of the leading photo and film makers from the region.

"We did not anticipate that the children would produce such amazing work within such a short space of time. Some of the films that came out of the workshops are truly inspirational. I think the competition this year is going to be more exciting than ever."

Jack McKenna, 14, from Prudhoe High School, runner-up in Reflect Youth Film 2011 was one of those able to take part in the workshops. Jack said: "I've been telling all my friends about the Port of Tyne's photo and film competition. Last year I was runner up in the Reflect Youth Film category but this time I hope the new film I'm making will win the competition. I've already planned how I am going to spend the £500 prize money."

Tim Smith, Teacher of Design Technology and Film Studies at Prudhoe High School said: "It's good to see a commercial organisation like the Port of Tyne, being part of the community in such a positive way and this provides a real lift to the arts and culture sector at a time of austerity and funding cuts.

"As a teacher I consider the competition as an excellent way to engage with young people who might otherwise not have the opportunity to shine and showcase their talent."

Other workshop leaders included Shields Gazette, news photographer Iain Brown, documentary filmmaker, Neil Atkinson, and animator Gary Carse.
The Port of Tyne Reflect competition is open to entries until 28 September. There is a prize of £500 for the winner in each competition category and all winners and runners up entries will be exhibited at various venues throughout the North East during 2013.
To find out more please visit and join the Twitter following @ReflectAwards.


For more information please contact Sarah Piggett, Marketing & Communications Intern

Tel: 0191 455 2671


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