Pupils snap their way to winning big in photo comp

WINNERS The post office at Fort Blockhouse by Adam Dodds.
WINNERS The post office at Fort Blockhouse by Adam Dodds.
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TALENTED young pupils at a pupil referral unit have wowed judges in a photography competition.

The entries from Quayside Education Centre, in Mill Lane, impressed judges so much that many won first place in their categories, along with one pupil winning best in show, in Gosport Society and Gosport Camera Club’s Gosport Heritage competition.

WINNERS Portsmouth Harbour Gunner's Stores by Adam Dodds.

WINNERS Portsmouth Harbour Gunner's Stores by Adam Dodds.

The competition tasked youngsters from across the area to take photos of heritage sites and saw pupils from Quayside travel across the town, including going to Fort Blockhouse, HMS Dolphin and Alverstoke Church.

Year 11 pupil, Megan Gratton, 15, won both second and third place in the 13 to 15-year-old category, scooping £30 in prize money, as she even took to lying on the floor to get the perfect shot at Ann’s Hill Cemetery.

‘It relaxes you. I just like taking pictures, just to get away, it feels like you can be yourself,’ Megan said.

And it was the first time that many of the winners from the unit, which teaches 30 pupils aged from 11 to 16, had even used a digital camera.

Megan said: ‘It’s something I got picked for, and I thought “yeah I’d have a go at that”. Obviously I haven’t done before but when I did it I really enjoyed it, it was exciting.

‘My friend does photography, so I’ve seen some of the pictures she’s taken and the angles, so I just took it from there.’

Along with Megan’s success, Year 11 pupil Adam Dodds, 16, won best in show and first place in the 16 to 18-year-old category, picking up a substantial £150.

And Year 9 pupil Lewis Stock, 14, won £80 when he came first in the 13 to 15-year-old category.