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Richmond Schoolboy makes it through to International Photographic Exhibition
Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013
Richmond Schoolboy makes it through to International Photographic Exhibition
An 11-year-old boy from North Yorkshire is one of 100 photographers to have been selected from 8,000 entries to show their work in an international photo exhibition at The Station.

Sports mad Jake Hall, age 11, who lives in Richmond, enjoys taking photographs when he isn’t watching or playing sport, and his winning image in the Best Shots exhibition was selected from thousands of entries from over 60 countries. The photograph features his pet dog Holly, who joined the family as a rescue dog last year. 

"The photo was taken near Grasmere in the Lake District," says Jake, who entered the image into a free category for the Under-12s entitled ‘Young Snapper’. "Holly had just been in trouble for running off and I think she was trying to look super cute to make up for it. I am pleased with the picture because I managed to get the blurring of her wagging tale."

Best Shots opens at The Station, Richmond, on Sunday (14th July) and is an award-wining exhibition featuring images from all 100 finalists across 10 categories from The Station’s first ever photographic competition. It runs until September 8th and is open 7 days with free entry.

"It has been incredible to witness Best Shots becoming such a global event," said Donald Cline, speaking on behalf of The Station charity. "This is the first event of its kind that The Station has hosted and we are a relatively small charity in the scheme of things, so it has been a genuine surprise to see such a huge international response. It just goes to show that photography has resonance across all cultures and languages. I think the winning 100 shots in the exhibition demonstrate this perfectly."

Both the Best Shots competition and exhibition have been run to raise funds for the upkeep of The Station and as such have received generous sponsorship from regional businesses. There is a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winner for each of 10 categories with winners receiving £500, £200 and £100 respectively. The public can also vote for their favourite images and the photographer whose image wins the most votes will be awarded the ultimate ‘Best of the Best’ prize of £1,000.

After The Station exhibition the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners of each category will also go on to exhibit in three different UK heritage properties before returning to North Yorkshire in the New Year as a visiting exhibition at the Joe Cornish Gallery in Northallerton.

Landscape photographer Joe Cornish was Chair of Judges alongside judges Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA and herself originally from North Yorkshire; former Chief Photographer for Mirror Group, Professor Mike Maloney OBE Hon. FRPS, FBIPP, FRPS; Roger Tooth from The Guardian, and the architectural photographer, J Collingridge ABIPP.

For more information on the winners and the Best Shots summer exhibition at The Station visit: www.bestshots.co.uk

Photo: Jake Hall's photo of his dog Holly

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