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The Port of Tyne Reflect Awards is calling for the people of Northumberland to put their county in the frame by submitting their photos and films in the North East's biggest photo and film competition.


The Reflect awards celebrate all that is good about the North East and with just weeks until the competition closes time is running out to capture Northumberland's towns and countryside in photos and film.

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: "Stretching from the Scottish Borders to Hadrian's Wall, with not just one, but two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and a National Park, Northumberland offers a wide variety of locations for Reflect entries.
"People who live here recognise what a fantastic place the North East is to live and work, and these awards are a chance to showcase the best our region has to offer to a worldwide audience."

"As well as cash prizes the winners have the chance to have their work seen in galleries across the North East, and we are hoping for a record level of entries this year."

A previous winner in the Youth Film category, 16-year-old Lily Kroese of Wylam is keen to motivate other young people to enter this year's competition: "I had never picked up a camera until I entered the Port of Tyne Reflect Awards with my short animation of a girl's journey on the river between Wylam and Newburn.

"Winning really sparked my interest and opened up opportunities for me. I bought a camera with my winnings and have made several short films since then and I'm hoping to develop it into a career.

"As part of my Reflect prize my work was shown at the Baltic art gallery and Tyneside Cinema and it was so exciting to have it recognised. I'd like to see the young people of Northumberland have a go and enter this year's competition, even if they have never made a film or taken a picture before - just give it a shot."

With plenty of attractions including Alnwick Gardens, Bamburgh Castle, the Cheviot Hills and Northumberlandia the competition is appealing for even more entries featuring Northumberland. For more details about how to enter Reflect and to view the photo gallery, visit Entries close on 19 September 2014.


For further information please contact:

Lisa Donohoe, Public Relations Manager

Tel: +44 (0) 191 455 2671 Mobile: +44 (0)79123 90777

E: Twitter: @Port_of_Tyne

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