Young photographer shows award winning talent

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With its bright yellow flowers and clear blue sky the scene seems a world away from Yorkshire in December, but this image has won one talented Ripon schoolboy top prize in a county-wide photography competition.

Nine-year-old Matthew Crane won Oxfam’s “Your Own Yorkshire” competition with a photograph of a field of sunflowers in the shadow of the White Horse of Kilburn, only a few months after getting his first camera.

Young photographery Matthew Crane with some of his stunning nature shots. (S)

Young photographery Matthew Crane with some of his stunning nature shots. (S)

“He’d been asking for a camera for about three years but we thought he was a bit young, so saved up all his birthday and Christmas money until he could buy one,” said mum Marie Crane.

Matthew, who lives in Ripon with parents Markus and Marie and brothers Adam, 15, and Alex, 11, wanted a camera to capture the interesting sights of the family’s walks around Ripon, he said, and finally saved up enough to buy one in July this year.

Not long after, he spotted this field of sunflowers on the road towards Helperby, and asked his mum to stop the car so he could capture the sight.

Later, Marie encouraged her son to enter the competition after she saw an advert in the Ripon Oxfam shop window.

The competition’s theme was “Your Own Yorkshire” with a brief for entries showing Yorkshire’s culture or people, secret locations or a personal perspective, and Matthew thought this unusual perspective on a famous Yorkshire landmark fitted the bill perfectly.

The judges agreed, and Matthew took first prize in the under 11s category.

He won a trip to high wire adventure park Aerial Extreme, and might even see his photograph exhibited in Leeds Corn Exchange and on sale to art lovers.

Matthew, who is a Year 5 pupil at Holy Trinity Juniors in Ripon will be keeping an eye out for more shots and takes his camera whenever the family go out to walk their dog around the city.

“It takes about twice as long now, but the dog has got used to it,” said Marie.