WEARSIDE celebrities have been confirmed as judges for one of the UK’s biggest photo and film competition.
The Port of Tyne Reflect awards were launched in 2007 as an opportunity for people to express their creativeness, talent and energy, while capturing the vibrancy of the North East.
Returning to the panel are former England cricketer and current first class captain of Durham County Cricket Club Paul Collingwood MBE, Sunderland University chancellor and former Olympic running champ Steve Cram, photographer, musician and chef Pete Zulu, as well as Sunderland-born Oscar-winning film producer David Parfitt.
Pete Zulu, who is judging the Reflect People category, said: “The characters of the people of the region have inspired some of the world’s best loved artists, music and songs and I would appeal for everyone to pick up a camera and have a go at entering their photos.”
Joining the judging panel for the first time is acclaimed author, playwright and broadcaster Terry Deary.
Originally from Sunderland, Terry is well known as the creator of the Horrible Histories series – one of the most-borrowed authors in British libraries. Terry, who is judging the 16 years and under photo category, said: “I’m really excited to be judging the children’s photo category, and will be looking for originality and imagination.”
Collingwood, who will be judging new category, North East Life, said: “The North East is famous for its passions, pastimes and cultural identity, and the great thing about the Reflect Awards is that it provides an outlet to capture the essence of the region as you see it.”
The Reflect Youth Film category will once again be judged by Cram, who said: “Judging the Reflect Youth Film category is so much fun. The films entered last time were highly inventive and showed remarkable talent from young people.”
To find out more about the awards log onto www.portoftyne.co.uk/reflect.