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NSPCC PhotoBox Young Photographer of the Year

Winners Announced

UK, London - October 2009

The NSPCC and PhotoBox today announce the winners of the PhotoBox I ChildLine 2009 Young Photographer of the Year.

The competition, launched at the beginning of September, was open to all children under the age of 18. After receiving a large number of impressive entries, the judges had the difficult job of whittling it down to the lucky four winners from each category: Under 8’s, 9-12 Years, 13-15 Years and 16-18 Years.


Under 8’s 9- 12 Years 13-15 Years 16-18 Years
Under 8s winner,,' 9-12 years winner 13-15 years winner 16-18 years winner
Alexandra, Aged 5 Zara, Aged 11 Chris, Aged 1 Sophie, aged 17

Under 8's - Autumn walk with me and Daddy, a simple shadow image of a father and child
9-12 Years - Model Pony Procession, an image of model ponies on the horizon
13-15 Years - A Time to reflect, a sunrise on a lake
16-18 Years - Great Wall Love, the Great Wall of China showing the 'Locks of Love'

Each of the winners* will receive their own individual prize, ranging from tickets to the new Disney movie UP to one-to-one photography tuition with world famous landscape photographer Charlie Waite.

The winner from the 16-18 category, Sophie Matthews, says: "I am extremely excited to be given this opportunity to work with such a well respected photographer as Charlie Waite. I never thought I’d win so I’m just gob smacked and delighted!"

All the shortlisted entries will also be included within a special PhotoBox I ChildLine 2009 Young Photographer of the Year photobook available to buy at www.photoboxgallery.com/nspcc-young-photographer from 30th October. A range of NSPCC greeting cards featuring the same images will also be available at www.photobox.co.uk from 30th October. Both will help generate money for the NSPCC’s.

One of the judges, professional photographer Annabel Williams of Contemporary Photographic Training, commented: “We were impressed with the array of images submitted in all the categories, making it hard to choose the winners, but we went for the ones we felt best signified the ‘Childs Eye View’ and really stood out for us.”

NSPCC account manager, Gwen Grant commented: “We are delighted with how successful the competition has been and think that the standard of entries has been incredible. Every day, hundreds of calls are made to ChildLine or the NSPCC Helpline for help and many can not get through due to lack of funds. All the funds raised by PhotoBox will go towards our Child’s Voice Appeal which will fund the expansion of our helpline services and bring us closer to our vision of answering every cry for help.”

PhotoBox UK, Managing Director, Mark Chapman says: “We’re very pleased with how popular this competition has proved to be with children throughout the UK. It shows that children are really interested in photography from an early age. We hope to raise as much money as possible for the NSPCC through sales of the photobook and greeting cards, and ideally run this competition again next year.”


Further Information

Under 8’s:
Winner: Sasha Gunning, aged 6, Autumn walk with me and Daddy
Runners up: Harry Jenkins, aged 8, Found you Mr Conker, Harry Jenkins, aged 8, I Made These Gonks

9-12 Years:
Winner: Zara Kesterton, Aged 11, Model Pony Procession
Runners up: Robert James Batson, Aged 9, Me taking a Picture of ME!, Charleigh Lowe, Aged 12, Kingfisher Spotting with Granddad

13-15 Years
Winner: Chris Wheeley, aged 15, A Time to Reflect
Runners up: Isaac Leach, aged 13, Simple and Strong….Love, Helen Fendley, aged 15, Sunset Balloon

16-18 Years
Winner: Sophie Matthews, aged 17, Great Wall Love
Runners up: Anoushka Brun, aged 16, Inner Reflection
Runners up: Abi LeSanto, aged 16, Shattered

For further information, high-res images and interview opportunities, please contact

PhotoBox, Antia Buigas antia.buhigas@photobox.com or 0207 087 4611

For further information on the NSPCC

Please log onto www.nspcc.org.uk. If an adult is concerned about a child they can call 0808 800 5000 for confidential advice. Children who would like to speak to someone about anything troubling them can call 0800 1111

About Photobox

The government has pledged £30m over four years towards the expansion of ChildLine and the NSPCC Helpline, but the NSPCC needs the support of the public to raise a further £50m through the Child’s Voice Appeal, to make its vision to answer many more cries for help a reality. Everyone can support the Child’s Voice Appeal at www.childsvoiceappeal.org.uk To date the appeal has raised £17.6m.

About the NSPCC

The NSPCC is the UK’s leading children charity specialising in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children. The NSPCC’s purpose is to end cruelty to children FULL STOP. The NSPCC runs projects and services across the United Kingdom and Channel Islands, including ChildLine, the UK’s free, confidential 24-hour helpline for children and young people. The NSPCC helps over 10,000 children and their families every year.

About the Child’s Voice Appeal

The government has pledged £30m over four years towards the expansion of ChildLine and the NSPCC Helpline, but the NSPCC needs the support of the public to raise a further £50m through the Child’s Voice Appeal, to make its vision to answer many more cries for help a reality. Everyone can support the Child’s Voice Appeal at www.childsvoiceappeal.org.uk To date the appeal has raised £17.6m.



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