Catherine Takes First Place

Tameside College photography student and former Mossley Hollins High School pupil, Catherine Burgess wins first place in an Olympic themed Photography competition.

Catherine, who is currently studying for a BTEC National Extended Diploma in Photography, spotted the competition on a poster and thought she’d give it a go.

The competition, known as ‘Image 12’, is an annual photography competition open to High School and College students within Tameside. The theme this year was ‘Sports’ to coincide with the Olympic Games.

Catherine enlisted the help of a fellow Art & Design student, Hannah Doherty, to model for the photograph. Due to the ‘sporty’ theme of the competition Catherine portrayed Hannah in an athletic pose whilst wearing Olympic style medals.

The competition was fierce, but the judge finally agreed that Catherine’s image was worthy of the number one spot. Catherine proudly received a prize, consisting of a Samsung Digital Camera, which was presented to her by the Worshipful Civic Mayor of Tameside, Councillor Susan Quinn.

Catherine’s photograph is currently being displayed at the Portland Basin Museum Art Gallery, in Ashton-under-Lyne, and forming the borough’s version of the national touring exhibition ‘Our Sporting Life’.

Catherine is planning to continue her education, studying Photography at Sheffield University. Catherine comments; “I was extremely happy to have won the competition and to see my own work exhibited in a Gallery. Studying at Tameside College has equipped me with the skills and confidence to take photography further”.