Spinnaker Tower a winner for young photographer

SUCCESS Matt McDonald Woods
SUCCESS Matt McDonald Woods
Scott Giles  Photography by Habibur Rahman

Genius who studied in Havant is off to Oxford University with five A and A*s under his belt

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A BRILLIANT young photographer has scooped his second national prize in just over a year with two of Portsmouth’s most iconic landmarks.

Matt McDonald-Woods, 16, a pupil at St Edmund’s Catholic School in Landport, has just won the Urban View class of Landscape Photographer of the Year’s youth section with a photo of the Spinnaker Tower.

The competition, run by the Sunday Times, was entered by hundreds of amateur and professional photographers.

Matt’s achievement adds to last year’s top prize at the National Historic Ships competition with a picture of HMS Warrior.

He said: ‘I’m so happy to have won– I genuinely didn’t think I was going to do so well.

‘The Spinnaker Tower is a fantastic building and I shot it from ground level against a bright blue sky, which made it look huge and striking.

‘I love photography and winning these competitions has given me the confidence to do this for a career.’

Matt is now applying to study photography and graphics at local colleges, will see his picture featured at a National Theatre exhibition and have a workshop with landscape artist Charlie Waite.