Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Time to Reflect; PHOTOGRAPHY & Film-Making A Competition Which Encourages Us to Capture the Spirit of the North East Will Be Closing for Entries This Month. Grace Scott Finds out More

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Time to Reflect; PHOTOGRAPHY & Film-Making A Competition Which Encourages Us to Capture the Spirit of the North East Will Be Closing for Entries This Month. Grace Scott Finds out More

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Time is running out to enter the North East's biggest film-making and photography competition.

With just weeks until entries close, a raft of last minute entries featuring photos and films of the North East are expected to be submitted to Port of Tyne's Reflect Awards.

Celebrating all that is good about the North East, last year's awards attracted a record 4,000 entries from people keen to express what they love about the region.

Open to amateurs and professionals alike, the competition is split into categories including North East Life, North East Nature, North East People and North East Film. There is also a special category of Reflect Photo and Film Youth to encourage young people aged 16 and under to enter.

The winner of each category collects PS350 and will also see their work exhibited in a tour of leading regional galleries. The three runners-up in each category will receive a PS100 prize.

Susan Wear, Port of Tyne director of corporate affairs, says: "We want to encourage everyone to pick up a camera or smartphone and start taking pictures of what life in the North East means to them.

"People who live here recognise what a fantastic place the North East is to live and work, and the Reflect Awards are a chance to showcase the best our region has to offer to a worldwide audience.

"The competition attracts entries from all over the world, showing how far word has spread since we launched the awards in 2007. As well as cash prizes the winners have the chance to have their work seen in North East galleries, and we are hoping to see a record level of entries this year."

Ted Ditchburn, managing director of North News & Pictures who sits of the Reflect judging panel, knows a thing or two about photography and film-making.

With a career spanning over 40 years working in the media industry as a photographer on the majority of the UK's national newspapers as well as countless international titles and magazines - Ted has been responsible for some of the most iconic images of the North East.

Always happy to share his passion for photography, Ted was eager to give some tips to this year Reflect entrants. …

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