Wall’s no barrier to Geoff’s talent

Geoff Watson, from Fulwell,  with his photograph titled The wall which was a runner up in a regional photographic competition.
Geoff Watson, from Fulwell, with his photograph titled The wall which was a runner up in a regional photographic competition.
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A KEEN photographer will see his work displayed in the region’s biggest art gallery after winning praise at a prestigious competition.

Geoff Watson, of Fulwell, Sunderland, entered his photograph, The Wall, in the Port of Tyne Reflect Awards 2011 and couldn’t believe his luck when it was chosen.

The 53-year-old said: “I’d entered the competition last year and was sent a reminder email this year, so I just figured ‘why not?’.

“I’d taken a lot of photos recently, so I had a look through and entered a few different ones in some of the categories, but I couldn’t believe it when I got an email to say I’d been shortlisted.”

Geoff, a dad-of-two, was invited along to the award’s ceremony at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, on Gateshead’s Quayside, last Thursday, where he was given a runner-up place.

He said: “I wasn’t disappointed I didn’t win. I’m just really pleased that I managed to get this far.

“I took the picture by the fish quay at Wylam Wharf just down by the Wear and it’s just a wall where they’ve plastered over the brick work but the old bricks are showing through still. It’s like the new and old coming together.”

Geoff’s photograph was in the environment category of the competition and will be on display in the Baltic along with the other winning photographs and films until the end of December.

He added: “I’m really proud and glad that I entered the competition. If it wasn’t for that email I probably wouldn’t have bothered.

“It’s a great thing for the North East. Sometimes I think the North East is a bit underrated, but this competition highlights what a great place it is.

“I’ll be going along to the Baltic soon to see my photo on display and I’ll definitely be entering again next year.”

The competition has continued to evolve since it was established in 2007, after it was launched as part of the port’s commitment to the communities of North East England.

It has captured the imaginations of hundreds of people across the country and this year saw film makers producing their own films for the first time.

To see the competition’s full gallery go to www.portoftyne.co.uk/reflect

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