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Budding Young Photographers Click Away in Local Competition

The Space, providing support to children and young people in the area, was delighted to celebrate their first photography competition in Mental Health Awareness Week where this year’s theme was ‘nature’.

Doreen Smith Operations Director for The Space said ” We were absolutely delighted with the number of entries from young people aged 4-18 years. The standard was quite breath-taking, and our judges had a real challenge choosing winners and runners up in our two categories.

Thanks must go to our judges from the Arts Quarter, Rotary Club of Mendip and Tim Letherby of Cheddar Nubnews and our sponsors Hillier Garden Centre Cheddar and Cheddar Watersports for providing prizes. We will look forward to running the competition next year”.

The Space was founded in late 2017 and provides counselling, a weekly youth club, activities and information services for young people aged 4 to 18 years experiencing mental and emotional distress in the Cheddar Valley area. New for 2021 is our free telephone listening service for parents/carers whose children/young people are experiencing poor mental well-being.

1 in 10 children and young people aged 5-16 currently have a diagnosed mental health disorder.
Among teenagers’ rates of depression and anxiety have increased by 70% in the past 25 years.

Self-harm and suicide in the County is higher than the national average with Sedgemoor experiencing the second highest number of completed suicides in the County.


4-9 Years Category

Winner Tian Mazi-Thomas for Hiding in the Rain

The judges said “This was excellent, well focussed on the stamens and the snail. Lovely, blurred effect of the flower and contrasts of colour. Great focus on the snail and inner flower and glowing soft focus around the edges.”

Runners Up

Henry Munday for The moon at dusk shining through springtime blossom. The judges said “This shows great imagination. Make sure on a photo like this that it is in focus. Lovely deep colours and composition.” Henry is being presented with his pic and certificate by Rotary Club of Mendip

Tommy Boothman for Pinky Winky. The judges said “A good splash of colour and use of close-up photography. Lovely texture and colour” Tommy was unable to attend the presentation.


10-18 Years Category

 Winner Poppy Day for Golden Forest.

The judges said “Good title to an excellent photo, capturing the light of the late afternoon sun and, like a good painting, your eye is drawn along the road. Magical light, Making feel you want to be in the picture.” Poppy was presented with her certificate by John Pimblott of The Space


Runner up

Hayden Leigh Rowe for Kermit. Judges said “Well-centred on the frog, excellent contrast of light and shade, a nice clear photo. Lovely depth and texture”

Winners and Runners Up