Student snappers through to final

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Eight of the 30 final entries selected for an exhibition at the Gerald Moore Gallery in London are from Bede’s students.

The Edexcel exam board ran its annual photography competition in March and then over the Easter break Bede’s was told of its success in the ‘Regeneration’ theme which aimed to inspire and unearth talent.

A total of 35 schools and 600 photographs were submitted for the competition.

he photography department at Bede’s invited any student with a passion for the subject to submit one image into either the Junior or Senior category, and was inundated with entries from eager students.

Forty students submitted their work which was to a specialist panel including professional photographers and senior educationalists.

Head of Photography Ema Excell said; “We were delighted with the range and quality of submissions from both students who take the subject at GCSE or A Level and others who simply have an interest in photography.

“To have eight of our students selected from such a wide variety of talent in the country is a very proud moment for our Department.

“It is an exceptional achievement and a testament to the skilfulness, motivation, imagination and great aptitude of Bede’s students.”

At the end of the judging it was revealed that Bede’s student Sarah Francis had won the Junior Pearson Photographer of the year award, with fellow student Emilie Stone receiving the runner-up prize.

Jonathan Turner, Bede’s Head of Art, said: “We are delighted that Bede’s students have been recognised at a national level and know their success will inspire others.

“Creativity is central to our country’s future success.”

Winning student, Sarah Francis, said: “I am so excited to have won Junior Pearson photographer of the year 2013. I have been taking photos since joining Bede’s in Year 9, and decided to use a local derelict site in Bexhill to portray the theme of Regeneration.”

The 15-year-old added: “I really liked the colours and patterns in the photo. I am looking forward to visiting the gallery and seeing the other photographs which are being exhibited.”