Derby girls snap up photo honours

A Derby High School pupil is celebrating after scooping the top prize in a university photography competition

Ellie Kitsi, 12, of Burton, won a digital camera after being awarded first place in the Loughborough University contest with her photo of a view over Edinburgh. Her fellow Derby High students Tilly Stubley, 13, and Ella Hearing, 12, were also both highly commended in the competition.

Entrants, aged 11 to 14, were asked to submit photos on the theme of geo-heritage, which captured anything that highlighted areas of geological significance, from a beautiful landscape to engineered sites. Secondary schools from across the East Midlands were invited to take part and the competition was run by the university’s School of Social Political and Geographical Sciences as part of Earth Sciences Week. More than 50 entries were received and the judges were the university’s professor Joanna Bullard from the geography department and senior photographer Phil Wilson.

Lesley Hough, head of design technology at Derby High, runs the school’s photography club and co-ordinated the entries. She said: “We are thrilled that three students had their work recognised in this prestigious competition. Ellie was so pleased to win, her photo was very urban and that’s obviously what the judges were looking for. All of their photos are now on the university’s website too. We would like to congratulate them all.”

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