Friday is the deadline for the North East’s biggest photography and film competition – and the entries have been pouring in.
The Port of Tyne Reflect Awards were designed to celebrate all that is good about the region, and that has certainly borne fruit in 2014.
Last year’s competition attracted a record 4,000 entries and this year’s looks set to break it, with the entries published here just the tip of a very large iceberg.
Susan Wear, Port of Tyne director of corporate affairs, said: “We have received some fantastic entries so far and we are on track to receive a record number this year.
“But there is still some time left and we would love to see even more film entries – which need only be one minute long – and photographs in the ‘People’ category.
“We would urge people to take a look on the website and see the entries submitted so far. It is sure to provide plenty of inspiration.”
The competition, now in its seventh year, is open to amateurs and professionals with categories including North East Life, North East Nature, North East people and North East Film.
A special category, Reflect Photo and Film Youth, is designed to encourage people aged 16 and under to enter the competition.
The winner of each category will collect £350 and will see their work exhibited in a tour of regional galleries. Three runners-up in each category will receive £100.
The Journal, a keen supporter of the Port of Tyne Reflect Awards, has also added to the list of prizes.
Susan Wear said: “We are particularly excited to announce The Journal’s ‘Special Award’ which will give someone the chance to see their photograph on the front page of the next 100 Reasons Why It’s Great Up North publication.
“It’s another great prize and we very much look forward to seeing the winning photography in print.”
Brian Aitken, Editor of The Journal, said: “The Port of Tyne Reflect Awards reflect the fact that the North East is a great region in which to live and work.
“This is also reflected in our 100 Reasons Why It’s Great Up North.
“We always need a fabulous image for the cover and where better to look than the many brilliant entries to this hugely popular competition?
“We look forward to sifting through the entries to select a winning image – one that really will convey the message that it’s great up North.”
All last minute would-be entrants can find full details of the awards, including how to enter, on www.portoftyne.co.uk/reflect
Entries close on Friday, September 19.