East Durham College A-level student Megan Ogden, 16, from Shotton Colliery, with her prize an Olympus STYLUS TG860

Megan Snaps Up Third Place In National Photography Competition

A talented student studying for her A-levels at East Durham College’s Sixth Form (ED6) has just won a highly credible third place in a national photography competition.

Megan Ogden, 16, from Shotton Colliery, who is studying photography, fine art and psychology at ED6 in Peterlee, was announced in the top three winners of the Exhibtr 2015/16 Student Photography Competition sponsored by Olympus.

The theme of the competition was ‘Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle’ encouraging students to show off their ability to compose a great image and Megan was one of literally thousands of entries.

The national competition was open to all full time and part time students, so the fact Megan finished third ahead of many entries from university students and adult learners makes the achievement all the more impressive.

The Exhibtr judges were R Cleveland Aaron, Jay McLaughlin and Nico Goodden who are all Olympus Ambassadors and Visionaries and they said the shortlisting and judging process was extremely difficult as the standard was so high.

Megan, a former pupil at The Academy at Shotton Hall, bagged third place for her image ‘Back Yard Junkie’ and won an Olympus STYLUS TG860 worth nearly £200.

Megan has been interested in photography since the age of 13 and hopes to make a career in photography.

Megan said: “I got into photography when I was about 13 and started out taking pictures of flowers pretty much, but now I really like taking pictures of people and I hope to have a career doing wedding and baby photography. I’d really like to travel and take pictures of people from other cultures as well.”

Talking about her winning image she said: “Personally, what I specifically like about this image is how he is the main subject with the street behind him.

“The idea of this image represents an element of today’s youth culture in my area, who believe it’s ‘cool’ to use depression as a trend whilst smoking cigarettes, getting stoned and off their face with alcohol, thinking there is nothing else to life than being deep sad and getting high.

“My opinions of this image is that it demonstrates the stingy life of these youths because it’s quite dark and miserable.”

First place in the competition went to Cambridge School of Art student, Steven Allwright with second place going to Portsmouth University student Veronika Latanovskaya.

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Megan's winning image ‘Back Yard Junkie’

Megan's winning image ‘Back Yard Junkie’