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With just three weeks until entries close, the people of South Tyneside are being urged to put the borough in the frame by submitting their photos and films for the North East's biggest photo and film competition, the Port of Tyne's Reflect Awards.


The Reflect Awards celebrate all that is good about the North East and last 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: "The Port sits at the heart of the South Tyneside community and we hope people will pick up a camera or smartphone and start taking pictures of what life means to them.

"The people and places of the region or the well-known hidden gems are all great subjects for photographers. Whether you're at the Great North Run or watching the world go by on the seafront we hope you'll find a subject for your Reflect entries.

"We have a rich heritage and previous years have shown us that as well as well-known local landmarks such as The Customs House, the Herd Groyne and the new Eye and Sail sculptures people are equally keen to show off hidden gems and glimpses of everyday life. 

"People who live here recognise what a fantastic place the North East is to live and work, and the Reflect awards are a chance to showcase the best our region has to offer to a worldwide audience.

"Last time the competition we attracted entries from all over the world, showing how far word has spread since we launched the awards in 2007. As well as cash prizes the winners have the chance to have their work seen in North East galleries, and we are hoping to see a record level of entries this year."

Steve Cram MBE, said: "Judging the Reflect Youth Film category is so much fun, I am so pleased to be asked to judge again.

"The films entered last time were highly inventive and showed remarkable talent from young people.  I'm looking forward to seeing all the new entries and hope that everyone has a lot of fun creating their films."

Photographer, musician and chef at the Black Horse in Boldon, Pete Zulu who is judging the Reflect People category, said: "Reflect perfectly portrays the spirit of the region, its energy and passions. I am really looking forward to judging the People category this year.

"The characters of the people of the region have inspired some of the world's best loved artists, music and song and I would appeal for everyone to pick up a camera and have a go at entering their photos."

If you think you have what it takes to enter the Reflect Awards and to maybe win one of the top prizes find out more, visit Entries close on 19 September 2014.

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