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The Port of Tyne has revealed the winners of the region's leading photography and film awards.

At an inspirational showcase event at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, attended by the internationally renowned judges and a number of eminent North East guests, the finalists found out who had won each of the six categories.

The competition stretches over six months and although it is focussed on the people and places of the North East, it attracts entries from all over the world. The winners and runners up entries are on display at the BALTIC from today and will be exhibited at other venues across the region throughout 2013.

The response this year was phenomenal, with more people of all ages than ever before taking part. The number of people entering Reflect was up 40% to almost 1,300 people and 4,000 photos and films were entered.

The unparalleled response this year made selecting the winners an unenviable job for the judges. When presenting the prizes in the Reflect Youth photo category, author, David Almond, said: "Young people often get a bad press but let me reassure you that it's unfair, and this was confirmed when I was looking through the many hundreds of tremendous photos entered; picking the runners up and ultimate winner was an unbelievably tough job.

"I couldn't believe how young the finalists were and I'm amazed to hear that the youth photography category winner, Macy, is just 11 years old."

Macy Youngman, 11, from Low Fell, Gateshead won with her photo ‘Little House for Sale'.

Judging the Reflect Youth Film category Steve Cram MBE, said: "I am delighted to play a small part in the Reflect Awards, and really enjoyed looking at all of the entries.

"The films entered in the youth category are all worthy winners, and I'd like to congratulate all of the finalists."

Steve picked Lily Kroese aged 14 from Wylam as his winner for her film ‘Tyne'.

Academy award winning film producer, David Parfitt originally from Sunderland judged the over 16's film category and chose a film featuring Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade by Chris Ainsley, 21, from Whitley Bay as the outright winner. David said: "It was a privilege to be a judge and I was very impressed with film techniques that had been used; many of the films entered are of commercial standard."

While former BBC weather presenter Trai Anfield who judged the Environment Category chose John Race, 65, from Burnopfield's superb photo ‘Dereliction' as her winner. Trai said: "I was amazed at the entries, the clever use of light and how they captured some really unusual images so wonderfully."

Jennifer Kerr, 34, from Fenham, won the Places category with her stunning photo of dramatic skies over the Sage. The category was judged by Pete Zulu, chef, photographer and musician who runs a restaurant in South Tyneside. Pete said: "I couldn't believe the number of entries, I think I've seen more photos of the Tyne Bridge than I have in a lifetime, but it was a real pleasure and it's made me look at the North East in a new light."

Durham and England cricketer Paul Collingwood judged the People category. The winner was Yul Pitallano 36, from Sunderland, with his photograph of children and families playing games in the street. Paul said: "The photos evoked the spirit of North East England and even with some help it was an incredibly difficult job to select a winner."

Andrew Moffat, Port of Tyne's Chief Executive, said: "All of the Reflect winners and runners up are of a very high standard. The competition was outstanding this year with entries submitted from as far afield as Italy, Australia and the Czech Republic.

"Reflect is an important part of our commitment to the community and it is fantastic to see how many people feel moved to go out and take pictures or make films inspired by the North East region. That's exactly what the competition set out to do and we're very pleased that it's become such a big event."

In a remarkable result the finalists included father and daughter Rebecca and Alan Warriner. Incredibly even with a different panel of judges and the competition evolving and growing each year, Rebecca 13 from Throckley, has picked up a Reflect Award three years in a row and her Dad has won twice.

Alan Warriner 56, also from Throckley, said: "I'm delighted to be a runner up again and thrilled that Rebecca is also a finalist. The Port of Tyne Reflect Awards is a great inspiration for photographers and film makers and it's a great way to get young people involved in something creative".

The Reflect Awards finalists' exhibition will be on display in Level 2 at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art from 11 Dec until 31 January before going on tour at venues throughout the North East.

To view the photos and films from 2012 and for the full list of winners and runners up visit www.portoftyne/reflect.


Click here to view the Reflect Awards evening 2012 photo gallery


For further information please contact:

Lisa Donohoe Assistant Marketing & Communications Manager
Tel: 0191 455 2671 Mobile: 07912 390777 Email:

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