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Students put artistic efforts in the frame

By Shepton Mallet Journal  |  Posted: February 16, 2012

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Every picture tells a story, and pupils, parents and staff at Ansford Academy were challenged to come up with some top-class photographs.

The school's photography competition has now become a popular annual event and this year's contest attracted more entries than ever, giving eager staff, pupils and students' parents the chance to show off their camera skills.

This year the theme was A Moment in Time and the judges – Western Gazette chief photographer Len Copland and Shepton Mallet Journal reporter Fran Weelen – had a huge task sifting through and making a decision on the entries as all were of such a high standard.

Entries ranged from people and animals to spectacular sunsets and seascapes. And the competition saw student Jessica Pate pipping her Dad to the post. She came second in the pupils' category while her father Andrew came third in the parents' entries.

Mr Copland said the standard of entries was extremely high and praised everyone who entered for their efforts. Mr Copland and Mrs Weelen spent the afternoon with pupils at the school, including students from Ansford's photography group.

They answered questions on careers in journalism and photography, the qualifications needed and talked about their own experiences working on newspapers.

The winners of the photo competition were: Pupils – 1 Maddy Stringer, 2 Jessica Pate, 3 Lauren Sheppard; Parents – 1 Joe Chester, 2 Pete Mintern, 3, Andrew Pate; and Staff: 1 Ann Buckley (teaching assistant), 2 Nick Hackett, (Ansford's vice-principal) and 3 Lesley Hill, DT and Art technician.

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