A PHOTOGRAPHY exhibition on Wearside showed life from young people’s perspective.
Students from 11 schools across the region came together to display their photographs at the National Glass Centre.
The exhibition and competition was run by the Hexham and Newcastle Catholic Partnership and included young people from Sunderland’s St Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy and St Aidan’s Catholic Academy, Peterlee’s St Bede’s RC School and St Leonard’s RC School, Durham.
Schools from Billingham, Hartlepool and South Tyneside were also among those which entered the event.
More than 100 photographs taken by students in Years 7, 8 and 9 were on display, showing inspiration from natural forms, structures, movement, portrait, faith as well as fashion.
A number of awards were given out on the night, including four girls from St Anthony’s scooping prizes.
Sara Crawshaw, who helped organise the event for the partnership, said: “The abstract and landscape photographs captured the beautiful and the modern and documented a young person’s perspective.
“Exhibiting work at the iconic National Glass Centre was a highlight for the Partnership. Not only is the venue inspirational to young photographers but as part of the University of Sunderland, it is at the forefront of glass research and staff and facilities are internationally recognised.”
Sara said the event was hugely supported by parents and families.
She said: “It was a fantastic event and there was some incredible talent on show from some of our younger students.
“We had enormous support from schools who came to see the exhibition and we would just encourage these students to keep on clicking.”
The exhibition was opened by Maura Regan, vice chairman of the Catholic Partnership, and Graeme Thompson, dean for the arts, design and media at Sunderland University.
The judges for the event were Susan Coles, President of NSEAD (National Society for Educational Art and Design) and John Kippin, professor in Photography at the University of Sunderland.