JUDGES ANNOUNCED31 Aug 2012
The Port of Tyne's Reflect photo and film awards has just announced an outstanding panel of judges, all experts in their field and passionate about the North East.
This year's competition will be judged by: David Almond, David Parfitt, Paul Collingwood MBE, Pete Zulu, Steve Cram MBE and Trai Anfield.
Helping the judges and offering impartial advice is North News & Pictures Ted Ditchburn, Northern Film & Media's John Tulip and the Port of Tyne's Susan Wear.
Created by the Port of Tyne, the Reflect photo and film awards has grown to become one of the biggest competitions of its kind in North East England.
Entries are flying in thick and fast and the judges can expect to have to make some tough decisions in choosing the ultimate winners.
Trai Anfield, weather forecaster for BBC Look North for many years, founded an independent film production and photography company, Enlightened Media in 2011.
"Having recently held my first solo photography exhibition, I know how difficult it can be starting up. For me the Port of Tyne Reflect Awards can help to discover exciting new photographers and film makers and I'm delighted to be a judge this year," said Trai.
David Almond is one of the world's best-loved children's authors. His books include Skellig, Clay, My Name is Mina, The Savage, The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean and The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas.
"Finding inspiration is not always easy, but something like the Reflect Awards is all about inspiring creativity. Having a category for those aged 16 and under is a great way to involve young people and encourage them to be creative.
"I'm very pleased to be invited to be a judge and looking forward to seeing the wonderful photos and films that are entered."
Academy Award Winning Film Producer David Parfitt has over 25 years experience in film and theatre production. His film credits include The Madness of King George, Shakespeare in Love, My Week with Marilyn and Parade's End.
"I'm thrilled to be a judge - being originally from Sunderland I'm passionate about the North East. The Reflect Awards offer a fantastic opportunity to talented photographers and filmmakers and I would encourage anyone interested in film and photography to enter."
Joining the judging panel and fresh from the Olympics is BBC Sports Commentator Steve Cram MBE.
"In this special sporting year I'm really looking forward to seeing how the people of the North East are actively captured on film and in photos", said Steve.
Durham County Cricket's Paul Collingwood and photographer Pete Zulu are also joining the panel of judges.
The Port of Tyne has hosted the Reflect photo and film competition for the last six years. Susan Wear, the Port's Director of Corporate Affairs said: "We are delighted to have such a strong judging panel. It makes this year's competition even more exciting."
So with just five weeks until the closing date 28 September - there is still have plenty of time to submit photos and films for the judges to consider. There is a £500 prize for each category winner, to enter visit portoftyne.co.uk/reflect.