Plaudits for Harrogate photojournalist

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A PHOTO journalist from Harrogate has won a prestigious international award.

Bethany Clarke, 27, won a gold award in the international photo competition, organised by South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency to support the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

Her award-winning image was one of a sequence of 10 photographs taken while staying at Kambia Government Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone, capturing pictures of conditions there.

Bethany said: “I feel very privileged to have been able to spend time with the resilient and hospitable people of Sierra Leonne.

“The country is striving to improve the welfare of mothers and children and many small charities such as The Kambia Appeal are helping to great effect.

“I wanted to show their struggles and successes in my work.”

Her photographs came out top in the Story on Common Prosperity of Human Beings (Improvement of Human Living and Well-Being) category and Bethany, who set up her own photography business two years ago, is travelling to New York this weekend to receive her prize from United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon.

Meanwhile, two of her photographs - including one from Sierra Leone - have been chosen in the story and portrait categories of the British Press Photographers Year and will be exhibited at the National Theatre in London until the end of September.