Snappers wow judges

Winners of community photography competition announced.

Attentions were focused on the talented entrants taking part in an annual community photography competition.

Shortlisted entrants attended a special ceremony to announce the winners of the Honiton Community College Community photography competition, in the sixth form centre, last night (Thursday).

This year is only the second time the event has been held and attracted 40 entries from people of all ages.

The theme was Honiton and District - celebrating its people, locations and community.

A judging panel made up of the chairman of Honiton Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Colin Wright, college principal Glenn Smith, governor Mick Clement, the head of creative arts, Nick Dormand, and Honiton and District Lion Bob Francis, had the difficult job of selecting the final winners.

The winners included Holly James, in the under 13 category, Becky Hooper, in the 14-16 category, and Eliza Slade and Sharon Pavey for the over 18s.

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All the winners received �50 Honiton Photographic vouchers, which were donated by Honiton and District Lions Club.

Holly James was crowned the overall winner with her award winning piglets photograph, which impressed the panel of judges.

She received a Panasonic compact camera – donated by Cosmic.

The 12-year-old said: “I am over the moon – I can’t believe that I have won.”

Holly says she is going to continue snapping away with her new camera.

Assistant Principal Iain Slade said: “The entries have been really good. We have had far more entries than we had at the last competition.

“The standard is higher than it was last year.

“People are taking more interest in this competition and we hope it gets bigger and better.”

A calendar, including some of the entries, is to be produced, with proceeds donated to the college.

Any companies who wish to get involved in the event are urged to contact Iain Slade on 01404 42283.