Gosport youngster wins top prizes in heritage photo competition

Prize-winner Emily King, right, with the Mayor of Gosport Keith Farr and his wife June
Prize-winner Emily King, right, with the Mayor of Gosport Keith Farr and his wife June
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A schoolgirl has won two prizes in the inaugural Young Heritage Photographer competition.

Gosport’s Emily King, 11, won both gold and bronze prizes for her photos capturing scenes in the town.

The Mayor of Gosport, Keith Farr, presented prizes and highly commended certificates at the prize-giving ceremony at the Gosport Discovery Centre.

Emily’s winning picture is entitled Beautiful Fountain Catches Sunshine.

Contestants were also asked to say something about what in the photo means heritage to them.

Emily said: ‘Gosport is often loud and busy but there are places that are beautiful and quiet.’

The bronze medal also went to Emily for her photo entitled Colourful Flowers Brighten Up the Street.

She said: ‘You will always find something in Gosport. Just look for it.’

Her prize is a sunrise photo shoot with young judge Oliver Andreas Jones and his professional photographer father, Mark Andreas Jones at Millennium Pier in Gosport shooting Portsmouth harbour.

The silver prize went to Sophia-Elizabeth Dunbar for her photo Mini Beasts Close-Up.

The photo is of a woodlouse on the bark of a tree.

Sophia-Elizabeth’s comment on her photo was: ‘We tend to take photographs of bigger things and forget to focus on the smaller things.

‘Mini-beasts are important parts of the eco-system. The Wildgrounds Nature Reserve is a beautiful, but almost forgotten, part of Gosport.’

The winning and highly commended photos are on display at Gosport Discovery Centre until the end of the month.

The competition was set up as part of the Heritage Open Days programme, which took place earlier this month, and it is hoped it will be an annual event.

Children from the age of four up to 13 were invited to take pictures of their local heritage.

The four categories for submissions were architecture, environment, maritime and objects.