Youngsters show talent in photography competition

The recent 10Ten10 Youth Photography Competition was the first of its kind, a coming together of Rotary Sunrise Grand Cayman, Rotary Club Cayman Brac, The National Trust and The National Gallery, to highlight the best and brightest budding young photographers. The Journal chats with the winners.

The theme of this nature-based youth photo competition was ‘A Day in the Life of the Cayman Islands’, with all photographs to be taken on 10th October 2010 (hence the name 10Ten10) and was open to youngsters in three age groups: 5 to 9 years, 10 to 14 years and 15 to 18 years. Photos were placed into categories: water, pets/animals, floral, still life, lines, close-up and reflections.

Jagger Linford is just 5 years old and won overall the 5 – 9 year old division and the water reflection shot. Dad Russell says Jagger likes to take photos of his Mama and Papa and animals. He has been taking photos since before he was two years old and wants to keep taking photos with his new camera from Rotary Sunrise.

Kathleen Gracey’s photo was chosen first place in the lines category and first place overall in the 15-18 age group.

“I took the photo in South Sound,” she says. “In black and white the contrast of the water and the sky was amazing and I thought it would be a great shot to capture. Generally I like capturing nature, and landscaping but also people.”

Kathleen says photography is a hobby and a passion of hers and she would love to someday make a career out of it, maybe in photo journalism.

“I chose this competition because there are not many opportunities for young people to showcase their work and get recognition for it. I would like to thank Rotary sunrise for giving me the opportunity for allowing me to be included in the competition.”

Conor O’Dea, 13, won for his depiction of a rooster. He says because the competition was on a Sunday he had time to take lots of photos.

“I took about 350 photos of all different subjects, I picked my best four photos to submit to the competition, which included the rooster,” he explains. “We were driving around and I was taking photos of different things and I saw a group of chickens and roosters. I took the shot out of the open window of the car as I didn’t want to frighten them. It was a lucky shot as the chickens and roosters were moving around and I waited until the rooster stopped moving and was looking in my direction.”

Conor says his main interests are playing sports but he enjoys taking some photos also, especially of nature and photos of family and friends.

Erin Welds says she guesses she has always had an interest in photography “but I never really got into it before because my old camera didn’t take very good photos,” she says. “When I got my new camera I loved it and I take it everywhere.”

Erin says her favourite thing to photograph was the whistling ducks because she was driving around the island looking for good photo opportunities and she took a road into a random neighbourhood and “saw all these ducks in someone’s backyard.” “I thought that was pretty cool,” 
she confirms.

Erin would to pursue a job in photography but says it depends because she might want to do something else. “In that case I will just do it as a side job or hobby,” she confirms.

Another winner, Shania Williams, age 9 says: “In general I like taking photographs of little animals but especially of my family. Taking pictures of all kinds of animals is interesting because to take a good picture requires a steady hand, a good eye for beauty and the love for taking pictures.”

Her 10ten10 competition photograph was that of Cayman’s local ducks.

“This was fun to do because once I spotted them they were difficult to reach because of a few green iguanas in my path, but I was determined to capture the beauty of these ducks. I was excited when I won because I had not won anything before,” she confirms.

Shania says this has encouraged her to continue taking pictures of the natural beauty around us.

“I would like to pursue photography as a hobby but right now I am busy with lots of school projects, therefore I have little time,” she states.


Erin Welds