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Get snapping and filming all that is great about North East England21 Sep 2011

The Port of Tyne Reflect Film and Photo Competition is back and we are looking for budding young film makers and photographers to show the grownups how it's done before the official closing date on 30th September.


The Port of Tyne Reflect Awards competition was established out of a desire to demonstrate the creativity and vibrancy of the people of the North East through the medium of photography and film. The Awards form a key part of the Port's on-going community engagement programme. This year's competition is set to be bigger and better than ever before with a record number of entrants already taking part.

‘We want everyone to tell us in pictures and films what they love about North East England, commented Susan Wear, Director of Corporate Affairs at the Port. We recently met with young people from throughout the region at the brand new Fuse Media Centre in Prudhoe, Northumberland.

"It was good to see young people, engage with the idea of entering our competition and excited about taking the opportunity to demonstrate their talents to our top panel of independent judges. These include Geoff Wonfor, Wayne Hemingway, and Carol Malia. Amongst those attending was Kirsty Amer, 17, who has already been inspired to enter!"

Good friends James Wynne and Jack McKenna, 13 attend Prudhoe High School which is adjacent to the new Fuse Centre and they were the very first young people to enter the competition in the film category reserved specifically for children, Reflect Youth. Their short film based on this year's theme,' The River and What It Means to Me' is a fast - moving animation they put together at home.
‘We really enjoyed working on the film and we are very excited to see our film on the competition website. We live close to the river and it is a really important part of our everyday lives so we enjoyed making a film all about it. Entering was easy and straight forward and it would be great to win a prize', said the boys.

Schools, youth clubs and community associations are encouraged to enter and teachers can register a whole class to enter photos and films. Or children can enter individually from home with the permission a parent or guardian. With prize money of £500 for the winner and the chance to see your work displayed at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art it really is child's play.

There's is of course a place for adult film makers and photographers too who are able enter a photo in any one or all of the three adult photography categories - North East Places , North East People and North East Environment . They can also enter a film of less than 60 seconds, based on this year's theme, in the Reflect Film section. Again the winners in each category can win £500

The Port of Tyne Reflect Awards evening will be held at The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in November. Finalists will be given the opportunity to have their work exhibited in the gallery space for up to six weeks. This year there is the added prestige of having this work displayed during the latter stages of the prestigious Turner Prize competition.

So if you have what it takes or you know somebody else that does, visit for further details of how to enter and submit your photos and films to the competition on line before the 30th September. Good luck!

For further information contact:
Lisa Donohoe Assistant Marketing & Communications Manager
Tel: 0191 455 2671 Mobile: 07912 390777 Email:

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