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PORT OF TYNE REVEALS JUDGING PANEL FOR THE REFLECT AWARDS09 Apr 2014

The Port of Tyne has revealed the judges for the Reflect photo and film awards.  Back for the seventh year, the Reflect Awards is one of the UK's biggest photo and film competitions.

 

Susan Wear, Port of Tyne's Director of Corporate Affairs, said: "The Reflect Awards go from strength to strength, each year attracting more entries and more fabulous photography and films from people who are passionate about the North East.  We are delighted to have such an eminent judging panel.  It reflects the standard of the competition and we hope will encourage even more people to take part."

Joining the judging panel this year is acclaimed author, playwright and broadcaster Terry Deary, originally from Sunderland and well known as the creator of the Horrible Histories series - one of the most-borrowed authors in British libraries.

Terry who will be judging the 16-and-under photo category, said: "The Reflect competition is all about celebrating the North East and encouraging creativity.

"I'm really excited to be judging the children's photo category, and will be looking for originality and imagination - though looking at previous years choosing the winners will be no easy task."

Trai Anfield, Paul Collingwood, Steve Cram, David Parfitt and Pete Zulu are returning to the Reflect  panel but this time with some new categories to judge.

BBC Presenter, and film-maker and photographer with Enlightened Media and Hawk's Head Photography Trai Anfield, said: "I am delighted to be judging the new North East Nature category.

"Last time it was very difficult to select a shortlist because I was so impressed by the fantastic range of subjects and photographic styles. This time I will be looking for images with a difference that showcase our stunning wildlife and the variety of beautiful natural land and seascapes."

Former England Cricketer Paul Collingwood MBE and current first class Captain of Durham County Cricket Club is returning to judge another new category, North East Life.

"The North East is famous for its passions, pastimes and cultural identity and the great thing about the Reflect Awards is that it provides an outlet to capture the essence of the region as you see it."

The competition sees people from all over the world entering and once again invites photo and film entries depicting North East England at its best to include anything from the borders at Berwick, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and through to the Tees Valley.

BBC Sports Commentator 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 of the new entries and hope that everyone has a lot of fun creating their films."

Best known for producing films including Shakespeare In Love, The Madness of King George and My Week with Marilyn, Academy Award-winning Producer David Parfitt is excited about returning to judge the over-16's film category.

"The standard of entries demonstrates the extraordinary creativity and imagination I always expect of this great region.

"In this time of austerity where arts funding has been hard hit, it is wonderful to see the Reflect Awards continuing to flourish and influence new filmmaking and photographic talent."

Entries to the competition have been flying in since October and professionals along with amateur and enthusiast photographers and filmmakers are encouraged to find out more about the awards and the prizes that are on offer at www.portoftyne.co.uk/reflect.

Photographer, musician and chef 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."

Helping the judges and offering impartial advice is North News & Pictures managing director Ted Ditchburn, Northern Film & Media's managing director John Tulip and Susan Wear from the Port of Tyne.

 

For further information please contact:

Lisa Donohoe, PR Manager

Mobile: +44 (0) 79123 90777 Tel: +44 (0191) 455 2671 Email: lisa.donohoe@portoftyne.co.uk

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