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With just weeks until entries close, the people of Tees Valley are being urged to put their county 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 4,000 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: "Reflect is a great opportunity to encourage everyone to pick up a camera or smartphone and start taking pictures of what life in the Tees Valley means to them.

"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.

"The competition attracts 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."

Photographers and filmmakers are asked to capture the towns of Billingham, Guisborough, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar, Saltburn, Stockton-on-Tees, Thornaby and everything else in-between. They'll be spoilt for choice thanks to the fantastic public art and scenery of Teesside from the Bottle of Notes, Redcar Beacon, Roseberry Topping, the Transporter Bridge and the spectacular Temenos sculpture.

First-time entrant and Middlesbrough-based commercial photographer Dave Charnley said: "An image is worth a thousand words and Reflect is a great way to get people to use pictures and film to show what they love about Teesside.

"The 16 and under category is sure to be popular. We all started somewhere and it's a great way to encourage kids to pick up a camera and develop their creative side.

"Our part of the North East is often overshadowed by Newcastle and Durham, so it would be great to see more Teesside images win."

Ted Ditchburn, Managing Director of North News and Pictures, who has supported the judging panel for several years, said: "The Port of Tyne Reflect Awards has really taken off in recent years and the surge of interest in photography and the advent of smartphones has made it easy for everyone, even children, to have a go at being creative.

"The imagination behind the camera is always more important than the device being used, and sometimes the simplest and most straightforward picture can be the one that stands out; it shows that it's still a competition anyone can win."

Reflect is the perfect platform for people to express what it is they love about one of the best, and most photogenic regions in the world, and to translate that personal vision into something that reaches out and speaks to people far beyond the North East.

For more details about how to enter the Reflect Awards 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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