Bede’s produced the first and second place for the Junior Pearson photographer of the year at this year’s Edexel photography competition.

Sarah Francis came in first, with fellow student Emilie Stone receiving the runner-up prize.

Bede students’ work made up eight of the final 30 entries at the competition, which will all go on display at the Gerald Moore Gallery in London.

Sarah Francis, 15, 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.

“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.”

The intention of the competition was to inspire and unearth talented budding photographers and the theme of the competition was regeneration.

The 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.

Quality submissions

In total, 40 students submitted their work and these were sent 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.”

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.”

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