Cannock youngster wins photography competition

A Staffordshire youngster has come out on top in a local photography competition.

Ellie Guest's winning image
Ellie Guest's winning image

10-year-old Ellie Guest from Cannock was awarded £100 after her photograph of a canal received almost 150 votes in Bradford Estates' photography competition.

The company asked photographers to send in their favourite snaps taken on the Estates.

There were almost 50 entries which were then shortlisted to a final 11 by photographer Rachel Bailey, who lives and runs her photography business on the Estates.

The final 11 were then put to the public vote on Facebook where Ellie's photograph was a clear winner of the under-12 category, alongside 14-year-old Ellie Stuart from Shropshire, whose shot of a bee won the over-12 competition.

Rob Paul, Estates director, with sisters Chloe Guest and Ellie Guest

Ellie, who is in year 6 at Five Ways Primary, entered the competition after getting a camera for her birthday.

Her six-year-old sister Chloe, also entered the competition and was shortlisted in the final 11 for her picture of a duck which was taken on the same canal.

Ellie said: "Throughout lockdown, I really enjoyed going on walks with my family and taking pictures of what we’d see.

"I took this one of the canal because I liked the way you could see the reflection in the water - I never expected to win the competition."

Ellie Guest’s photograph of the canal rewarded her with the top competiton prize

Alexander Newport, Estates Managing Director, said: “The outstanding photographs we received in our World Photography Day competition came from photographers of all ages and abilities.

“Ellie and Chloe’s photographs were both excellent - and the fact they are only young proves how talented they both are.

“Congratulations to Ellie for coming out on top in the aged 12 and under competition, I’m really happy for her and wish both girls the best of luck for their futures!”

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