Sheffield Star readers are snappy champions

Star editor Jeremy Clifford (centre), with photographic competition winners Matthew Kilner, aged 46, of Fulwood, and Joey O'Connell, aged 13, of Wortley.
Star editor Jeremy Clifford (centre), with photographic competition winners Matthew Kilner, aged 46, of Fulwood, and Joey O'Connell, aged 13, of Wortley.
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FOUR amateur South Yorkshire snappers can call themselves champions after being crowned winners in The Star’s photographic competition.

A panel of judges selected winning images in the four categories of town and country, sport and leisure, pets and wildlife and young photographer.

Each winner received £50 cash - with the overall winner getting an extra £200.

Jeremy Clifford, The Star editor said: “Picking the four winners was a tough task as the standard of entries was so high. Thank you to everyone who entered and it just goes to show how talented readers of The Star are.

“I’d like to congratulate the winners on their excellent photographs.”

Sport and leisure winner John Vause was crowned overall champion for his picture of triathletes in the swimming section of a race (pictured right).

The 63-year-old retired teacher, of Gray Street, Mosborough, said: “It was an absolute honour to win the competition, I was thrilled and very proud.

The member of the Killamarsh Amateur Photographic Society said: “My daughter in law was in the race, I was wanting to experiment with sport photography, so went along, the light was perfect for a picture.”

Matthew Kilner, of Crimicar Lane, Fulwood, won the pets and wildlife category with his image ants crawling along a branch taken on a visit to North Anston’s Tropical Butterfly House.

The 46-year-old accountant said: “Taking pictures has been a passion of mine for almost 30 years. I have entered a few photo competitions before but have never been successful.”

Winner in the town and country category was hospital maintenance technician Glynn Ellis, for his image of a cyclist in the snow on Houndkirk Moor, near Totley.

Mr Ellis, of Norton Lees, said: “I was surprised and delighted to win a prize, especially with the high standard of all entries.

“I’m a keen mountain biker and always take my camera with me whenever I ride. While riding on Houndkirk Moor I took the picture. Its one of my favourite photos.”

Winner in the junior

The youngest winner was Joey O’Connell, whose image of icicles hanging off of a tree branch earned him the £50 prize in the young photographer category.

The 13-year-old, of Bank Lane, Wortley, a pupil at Notre Dame Catholic High School, Ranmoor, said: “Photography is definitely something I would like to do when I’m older, I took the picture whilst hiking on Scout Camp.”