A teenager who took a picture ‘worthy of a Journal splash’ was a winner at The Port of Tyne Reflect Awards.
The photograph by 13-year-old Lewis Stubbs, of Gateshead, captured why it was great to live ‘up north’, as part of the paper’s #100Reasons social media campaign.
His image will be exhibited alongside those of the other competition winners at BALTIC for four weeks from now.
Andrew Moffat, Chief Executive Officer Port of Tyne, said: “The Reflect Awards continue to make us very proud to be able to run this competition and inspire people to think about what makes the North East such a great place to be. The fact that so many people make the effort to enter the competition is testament to the spirit of creativity we know is at the heart of what makes our region so special.
“This year there were over 4,000 fantastic entries making it a very difficult job for the judges.”
Judging the competition this year was Academy award-winning film producer David Parfitt, England and Durham cricketer Paul Collingwood MBE, presenter and creative director at Enlightened Media Trai Anfield, photographer musician and chef Pete Zulu, presenter and commentator Steve Cram MBE, and best-selling author and broadcaster Terry Deary.
Winning the Reflect Film category was John Reed from Sunderland with his comical film ‘A place where angels are’ describing the North East in 60 seconds including everything from Pan Haggerty, the Geordie dialect, Hadrian’s Wall, Sage Gateshead, football and the Angel of the North.
“There were so many worthy winners in the Reflect Film category; I was astounded by the quality, creativity and imagination on display.
“John’s film was sharp, humorous, thought-provoking and perfectly defined the region,” said David Parfitt.
Presenting the Reflect Life award on behalf of Paul Collingwood was England and Durham County Cricket batsman Phil Mustard. First place went to Keith Saint from Ashington for his photo ‘Town Moor Selfie’.
Presenting the award for Reflect Nature, judge Trai Anfield said “The Port of Tyne Reflect Awards help to capture the breath-taking landscapes and wild diversity of North East England.
“Judging the winner was extremely difficult but helped renew my appreciation of the spectacular views of the region.”
Winning the Reflect Nature category was photographer Owen Humphreys from North Shields for his photo ‘Raging Sea’.
“I have been privileged to be a photographer for over 25 years, 20 of those for the Press Association - capturing everything from word cups,
Afghanistan to the Olympics and one of my favourites the landscapes around the North East. I have followed the Reflect Awards since the very beginning and I am delighted to have won,” said Owen.
Presenting the Reflect People award, judge Pete Zulu said “It’s a pleasure and a privilege to judge the Reflect Awards, which never fail to impress. This year’s entries in the People category summed up the characters that make the North East special, their beauty, integrity and grit.”
First place in the Reflect People category was Andy Martin from Sunderland for his photo ‘Rebecca Young 12’’ TinType’, Martin was also a runner-up in the film category.
The Reflect Youth Film award was presented on behalf of Steve Cram by his Olympic protégé Laura Weightman, from Alnwick.
First place went to Aleksandar Vuletic, Toby Costigan and Edmond Kelly, all aged 10 of Benton Park Primary School, for their film ‘A short history of Newcastle’.
Alice Witherow Head Teacher at Benton Park Primary School said: “We are delighted that Benton Park Primary School pupils are winners in the Reflect Awards. The children are all very excited and looking forward to seeing the award at school and I would like to thank the Port of Tyne for giving us this fantastic opportunity.”
Presenting the Reflect Youth Photo award, judge Terry Deary said “The Port of Tyne’s commitment to the region by hosting the Reflect Awards shows tremendous vision in creating an outlet for the talents of so many young people in the North East and beyond.”
Winning the Reflect Youth Photo category was Tom Armstrong aged 14 from Washington with his photo ‘Match Day’.
The Journal chose one entry as the one that best reflected their campaign ‘100 Reasons Why it’s Great up North’ and it went to Lewis Stubbs aged 13 from Gateshead.
The Journal’s Culture editor David Whetstone said: “We were delighted to be the media partner and it was a difficult choice from all the thousands of entries that reflected the great things about the North East, but we looked for one that you could use as a front page splash and Lewis’s fits the bill.”
The finalists in each category will have their work exhibited at the BALTIC for four weeks and at other major venues across the region throughout 2015.
Visit the Reflect website at portoftyne.co.uk/reflect to see all of the finalists.