Student Shortlisted In Photography Competition

Fri, 2001-07-27 01:00

A photographer from Seaham was recently shortlisted in the final 20 of a County Durham photography competition.

Paul Batey, 56, who is a part-time student studying Level 2 Photography at East Durham College, in Peterlee, submitted his colourful photo of a floral arrangement into the Chairman’s Rainbow Trust Competition.

His entry made it into the final 20 of the competition from the 194 entries received.

Paul said: “I’m really pleased that I’ve had an image shortlisted in a competition, as I have never entered one before!"

“The floral arrangement was made by Karen's Florists of Seaham of which I am a business partner so praise should go to them too.”

Paul’s photo, along with the other 19, was put on display in an exhibition at the Durham Room of County Hall in Durham City.

The competition is for the Chairman of County Durham Council; Councillor Dennis Morgan’s chosen charity Rainbow Trust. Throughout the year Cllr Morgan organises events and campaigns to help raise money and awareness for the charity.

Fiona Steele, Photography Lecturer at the College, commented: "I’m so pleased that one of my students was shortlisted for this photography competition, and for such a fabulous charity too!

“To get shortlisted was a great achievement and getting his work on display is wonderful. He’s worked so well on this course.  He. like the rest of my students is a natural photographer and deserve recognition for his work!”

Unfortunately Paul did not bag first place and the prize of £100 worth of photography equipment.

Rainbow Trust Children's Charity provides emotional and practical support to families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness. Rainbow relies almost entirely on voluntary donations, and through the generosity of supporters are able to help around 1,000 families a year