Award for 8 year old’s take on friendship

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Inspired youngster was armed only with a disposable camera 

5th September 2018 by Robert Armour 0 Comments

An eight year-old from Govan has won a citywide photography competition for his take on friendship through a series of photos taken on a disposable camera.

Organised by the Glasgow Youthpoint service of Aberlour Children’s Charity, George Wilson’s raw and authentic portrayal of friendship caught the imagination of those on the judging panel, including BAFTA award winning director Garry Fraser, who worked on Trainspotting 2 with Danny Boyle and photographer and picture editor for The Herald, Damian Shields.

Over 400 young people across Glasgow aged between eight and 25 entered the competition, taking photographs on camera phones and disposable cameras which were split into three categories; My Friends, My Hobbies and My Community. The winner of the ‘My Hobbies’ category was Erin Egan, aged 10, from Kennishead, who captured an image of a young girl playing on her trampoline in the sunshine.

The winner of the ‘My Community’ category was Abby Buchanan, aged 11, from Kennishead (pictured) who captured an image of a green riverside walk in a suburb of Glasgow.

Winning contestant George (pictured front left) commented: “I thought I wasn’t a winner, I was so shocked I was jumping around the house and I thought my mum was lying when she told me. I’m very happy!”

Garry Fraser, who has worked with Aberlour on a number of other projects, said: “I was delighted to be part of Aberlour’s judging panel for their young person’s photography competition. I was blown away by the quality of the entries – it’s amazing what the young people achieved with disposable cameras! I’m passionate about the role of creative expression in elevating young people’s opportunities, and with the right support and encouragement these photographers will have a bright future ahead of them.”

Photographer and picture editor for The Herald, Damian Shields commented: “I was honoured to be asked onto the judging panel for Aberlour, Scotland’s children’s charity. It was an absolute pleasure to look over the 400 entries by young people aged 12-25 in Glasgow. There were some brilliant images by a very talented bunch of enthusiastic snappers.”