Flower power wins photo prize for Cramlington teenager

Jamie's photo of Howick Hall's gardens.
Jamie's photo of Howick Hall's gardens.

Flower power has earned an award in a national photography competition for Cramlington teenager Jamie for the third year on the trot.

The 15-year-old, a pupil at Cramlington Learning Village, came out on top in the under-16 class of a contest run by Hardy Plant Society.

Jamie Duguid.

Jamie Duguid.

His winning photograph was of the gardens at Howick Hall, south of Craster.

Jamie said: “I really enjoy taking photographs while out in Hardy Plant Society gardens with my grandma Maggie.

“After winning the junior category for the past three years, I can’t hide how secretly gutted I am that I turn 16 in March next year and, therefore, will have to start mixing it with the adults in next year’s photography competition.”

A spokesman for the contest said: “Jamie’s entry impressed the judges with its overall soft-focus background providing a contrast for the sharp images of the tulips.

“The vertical lines of the flowers and grasses create a pleasing design to the image, which evokes the wonder of bright spring blossoms against the pale green shades of early season foliage.”

Society chairman Cathy Rollinson said: “We were delighted with the calibre of the entries, which reflected our members’ love of hardy plants and our desire to catalogue and preserve them for the horticultural world.

“The image library, which currently holds 7,000 images of hardy plants, provides support for our seed distribution service and is also a fantastic resource open to everyone.

“We hope that events such as the photography competition will help to attract more members to our society, whose drive to raise the profile of hardy plants and to conserve them for the future remains undiminished since its inception in 1957.”

Jamie added: “Over the last few years of visiting Hardy Plant Society Gardens, particularly here in the north east, we’ve met lots of lovely people, who have equally lovely gardens.

“The north east group, as well as the rest of the society nationally, has recently seen a huge increase in younger members joining, which is great.”