Castle Newnham young photographer donates prize money to school art department

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Award-winning Bethany with her prize picture

A prize-winning student at Castle Newnham has donated her award money to the art department at her school.

14-year-old Bethany entered a competition aimed at young photographers, asking them to share different perspectives of the town’s well-known and not-so-well-known landmarks.

The competition, run by local independent estate agent Hollands Smith, sought to share photos that showcase the community and culture of our town, the landmarks, the hidden treasures – with the brief being, “the more quirky or unusual the better.”

Bethany’s winning image captured the recently refurbished Kings Bridge over the River Great Ouse – one she walked over many times during lockdown walks with her family.

The winning shot

She said: “The photo was part of my GCSE Art coursework on reflections. It also reminded me of how lucky we are to have such lovely river walks near to us.”

At her request, Bethany’s £50 prize was donated to the art department to help buy supplies for all students at the school.

Emily Robinson, Art Subject Leader at Castle Newnham said: “Not only am I proud of Bethany for winning this competition, but donating the prize money to the art department shows her love of the subject and her wish to share this win with her peers.

“Thank you so much Bethany and the team at Hollands Smith.”

The winner of the younger age group also attends the primary school at Castle Newnham. James captured the Victorian architecture of school roof to win his prize, donating £50 to Castle Newnham’s PTA.

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