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LAST CALL FOR FILMS AND PHOTOGRAPHS FOR PORT OF TYNE REFLECT AWARDS16 Sep 2014

This Friday (SEPT19) is the deadline for the North East's biggest photo and film competition, the Port of Tyne's Reflect Awards.

 

Now in its seventh year, the Reflect awards celebrate all that is good about the North East and time attracted a record 4000 entries from people keen to express what they love about the region.

The competition is open to amateurs and professionals alike, with categories including North East Life, North East Nature, North East People and North East Film, plus a special category of Reflect Photo and Film Youth to encourage young people aged 16 and under to enter.

The winner of each category collects £350 and will also see their work exhibited in a tour of leading regional galleries. The three runners-up in each category will receive a £100 prize.

Susan Wear, Port of Tyne Director of Corporate Affairs, said: "We have received some fantastic entries so far and we are on track to receive a record number this year. But there is still time and we would love to see even more film entries (they only need to be one minute long) and photographs for the ‘People' category.

"We would urge people to take a look on the website and see the entries so far as it's sure to provide plenty of inspiration."

Media and arts expert Carol Alevroyianni, who has been running schools workshops across Tyneside to encourage young people of 16 and under to connect with Reflect, added: "As well as the incentive of cash prizes Reflect offers a real opportunity for people to get their work seen. Most entries will have at least hundreds of views, way more than the average YouTube upload and of course they are all seen by the judges.

"Competitions and festivals are absolutely the best way for young film makers to start building up their CVs and professional networks - essential if they want to make a career in film. It shows they have initiative, energy and a passion for the subject.

"Through Reflect, Port of Tyne is building up a rich resource of visual material on the North East of England. Best of all it is as seen through the eyes of its residents and visitors, creating an emotional journey through history, people, geography and humour. It forms the best possible advert for the region and encourages us all to think about what it means to us."

For more details about how to enter Reflect and to view the photo and film gallery, visit www.portoftyne.co.uk/reflect. Entries close on 19 September 2014.

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