Competition calls Sunderland snappers to capture the region’s beauty

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SUNDERLAND snappers are being urged to get into the frame as part of a photography competition.

The Port of Tyne’s Reflect Awards is the biggest photo and film competition in the North East, and it is open to amateurs and professionals.

Sunderland-born author Terry Deary, who created the Horrible Histories series, is on the judging panel, and he is urging fellow Wearsiders to get involved.

Terry, who is judging the 16-and-under photo and film category, said: “I want to see young talent in the North East nourished and encouraged. This competition is a great platform for young people to show what they can do.”

Sunderland-born photographer Paul Swinney, a finalist in the 2007 Urban Photographer of the Year competition and the Nikon UK Best Photographer 2009 competition, is also in the frame for this year’s contest and said Reflect has an important role to play in promoting the North East.

He said: “Reflect is a great way to celebrate the best of Sunderland and the North East. Although I now live in London, much of my photography remains focused on Sunderland.

“I’ve had many comments from people who’ve seen my work that they didn’t even know Sunderland was on the coast.

“I would love to see the people of Sunderland really getting behind the competition and submitting their entries.”

For details about how to enter, visit Entries close on September 19.