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Reflect, Reflect and Reflect Again23 Mar 2009

Tapping into the creative pulse of the region, the Port of Tyne launched Reflect in 2007. The awards have now become a fixture in the region's cultural calendar.

Now in its third year, Reflect is bigger and better than ever with an impressive judging panel, a cash prize, and broadened horizons with which to capture on camera the splendour of the north east region and its people.

Andrew Moffat, the Port of Tyne's CEO said: "We've been delighted at the overall response to Reflect. It shows how important cultural life is to the people of the North East and it's fantastic for the Port to engage with the community in this way.

"This year we have widened the choice of subject categories to give a broader regional perspective and the winners will be exhibited in one of the biggest temporary art spaces in Europe. What is also exciting is that we've introduced Reflectyouth especially for the Under 16's in response to the many requests from young people wanting to take part last year and felt this is a great addition to Reflect."

Reflectyouth is the only section that allows mobile uploads. Entrants to Reflectyouth can choose any of the subject categories and submit up to a maximum of ten images to their category. The winner will receive £250 .

Some of the region's leading figures in the world of art, culture and business make up the judging panel. These are: Margaret Fay OBE Chair of One North East, Stella Hall, Creative Director of Culture 10, award winning freelance photographer and writer Jason Friend, Liz King, Managing Director of Visible Media UK Ltd and Godfrey Worsdale, Director of BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.

The Places, The People, The Rivers and The Environment make up the four subject categories of Reflect 2009. To enter, first read the rules then upload your images via the website at The awards close at midnight Tuesday 1st September 2009.

Steve Middleton, last year's winner of the Reflect 2008 Maritime Tyne category with his photograph entitled Rough Seas, said: "The Tyne is something everyone in the region is aware of and this competition has allowed so many aspects of the river to be explored. It is a fantastic opportunity whether you are hoping to further a budding photography career or even if you just want to see your hobby advance."

For further information please contact the Marketing and Communications department at Port of Tyne on:
0191 455 2671

Operational Note to Editors

The Port of Tyne is an important Northern Gateway and key player in the Tyne & Wear region; a dynamic trading hub with five business areas: conventional and bulk cargoes; logistics; car terminals; cruise and ferries; and estates.

For further information contact

Lisa Donohoe, Assistant Marketing & Communications Manager
Tel: 0191 455 2671
Mob: 07912 390 777

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