Shelley snaps up prize in photo competition

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EYEMOUTH student Shelley Wilson is among three winners to have scooped the top prizes in the annual ‘see me’ photography competition.

See me is Scotland’s national campaign to end stigma and discrimination around mental ill-health

Shelley, a NC Digital Media student at Borders College, was the judges’ choice in the under 18’s section for her photo entitled ‘Roots’.

Shelley said: “I first heard about the ‘see me’ photography competition through a college course tutor who thought it would be a good idea to get the class interested and I was really keen to be involved.

“I chose this shot as I feel it really shows the theme of ‘support’ in a different way, the photo shows how feelings and emotions and the accompanying issues come from within and often grow beyond our control.

“I am absolutely delighted to win this award, especially as it’s the first time my pictures have been acknowledged, in a professional capacity.”

Hundreds of budding photographers from across Scotland entered this year’s competition, sponsored by Semichem, by sending in captioned photos that illustrated their interpretation of the theme of ‘support’.

Shelley won £250 of vouchers and gets to spend a day with professional photographer Tony Marsh.

Suzie Vestri, ‘see me’ campaign director, said: “The standard of entries this year has been high and Shelley has done exceptionally well to win the Judges Choice under18’s prize. I congratulate her on the standard of her photo and hope that the image will encourage others to think about what ‘support’ means to them.

“Anyone who has experienced mental ill-health, either personally or through a friend or family member knows that support and understanding can make all the difference.”

Professional photographer Tony Marsh added: “ Shelley’s photo really stood out as a winning image. The image is well composed, well exposed and Shelley has cleverly used the subject and its surroundings. I am very much looking forward to seeing what she can do.”