Talented young snapper Lilly captures life through her lens

Lilly with some of her winning photographs.

Lilly with some of her winning photographs.

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A talented young Sunderland photographer is capturing lots of praise for her work.

Lilly Thompson, 14, has received rave reviews for her work, which has gone on show at an exhibition.

Lilly is thrilled to be exhibiting her work at the Customs House in South Shields.

Lilly is thrilled to be exhibiting her work at the Customs House in South Shields.

The St Anthony’s Catholic Girls’ Academy student submitted some of her photographs to the Customs House in South Shields for consideration and was delighted when they contacted her asking her to exhibit.

Lilly’s School Days exhibition will be on show in the venue’s Stairwell Gallery, a space to celebrate young artists, until June 22.

The talented teen, who lives at Plains Farm, said: “I am really, really pleased they are showing my work. I was so excited when I found out they wanted me to exhibit.”

An old part of St Anthony’s school is being pulled down as part of a multi-million pound rebuild and Lilly’s exhibition centres around the old building.

Lilly Thompson

I was so excited when I found out they wanted me to exhibit.

The Year 9 student said: “I just like to capture things in everyday life, in way that most people don’t see and look at it in a different way.”

Lilly’s exhibition comes hot on the heels of success at a competition and exhibition at The National Glass Centre earlier this year.

Through her school, Lilly took part in the annual Hexham and Newcastle Catholic Partnership Photography Exhibition, celebrating the photography work of pupils from 11 schools in the region.

Out of St Anthony’s 12 photographs entered, four were Lilly’s, representing the categories, landscape, faith, portrait and open section.

All four were chosen as winning photos and printed up on canvas and given to Lilly as a prize.

Lilly’s proud mum, Tracey Thompson, said: “We are very proud of Lilly and what she has achieved.

“I think this annual exhibition is an excellent opportunity to showcase our region’s young photographers of the future.

“It would be great to see more exhibitions like this celebrating the young talent of the North East in all artistic areas.”

Lilly with some of her winning photographs.

Lilly with some of her winning photographs.