Port of Tyne winners announced11 Nov 2011
The competition invited members of the public to upload their finest photographs and films celebrating the people, the places and the environment of North East England.
The competition launched in 2007 and it has evolved every year since, making it one of the region's biggest photography and film competitions. Entries were up by a massive 104% in 2011, with an overwhelming response for the competition.
Selecting the finalists was down to the panel of judges that included: Carol Malia, presenter of BBC's Look North, in the youth category; Wayne Hemingway MBE, designer, in the Environment category; Andy Balman, gallery owner, in the People category; Alex Telfer, Award Winning Photographer and Commercials Director, in the Places category and Geoff Wonfor, film & TV director and producer, in the film categories.
Wayne Hemingway MBE said: "The Reflect awards are a great idea to celebrate North East England and I was delighted to be asked to join the judging panel. The standard of entries was just incredible, making my job very difficult. In the end I choose Leaving the Tyne as the winner, for me this photo captures the environment of the River Tyne perfectly.
"It's really inspiring that in these hard economic times, when funding for arts and culture is in short supply that the Port of Tyne, more closely associated with heavy industry is committed to encouraging creativity."
Carol Malia added: "Judging the under 16s category was a real pleasure. Showing phenomenal talent in young people. It was by no means an easy task to choose a winner as all of the entries were so impressive. I selected Feeding Time as my winner because I liked the composition and spontaneity of the photo."
Scooping the £500 prize money and winner of Reflect Youth Film, Crispin Ager, 16 years old from Hexham, Northumberland said: "I am thrilled to have won against such strong competition. It is the first time that I have entered the Reflect competition and it's a real boost to have won."
The Port of Tyne CEO, Andrew Moffat congratulated all of the finalists and said: "The Port of Tyne is very proud to support communities in many ways and the Reflect Awards get so many people involved - producing such a high standards that is really inspiring.
"The Port places great emphasis on its support of the people and communities that it serves. The Reflect Awards are part of a much wider programme that includes sponsorship of the wide range of organisations in projects across the North East."
The finalists in each category will have their work exhibited at the BALTIC for six weeks, during the latter stages of the prestigious Turner Prize competition and at other venues across the region.
Visit the Reflect website at portoftyne.co.uk/reflect to see all of the finalists.