A Spring photography competition proved extremely popular with the students at Blackminster Middle School with nearly 100 entries.

The Geography teachers, Mrs Blakely and Mr Downing, were overwhelmed with the quality and variety of photos which included landscapes, wildlife, insects, flowers and trees in blossom. Subsequently, it was a challenging task to decide on winners. Six highly commended and ten winners were awarded. The overall winner, William, managed to capture a bee in flight on its way to a flower – all in focus. William said, “I waited a really long time for this shot yet it was definitely worth it”.

Evesham Journal's photographer, Jonathan Barry, as well as taking photos for the newspaper kindly conducted a mini photography workshop and answered questions from the budding photographers.

Due to the success of this and calibre of photos, a summer and autumn photo competition will be launched with the intention of starting a small student enterprise. This will include the selection of twelve photos for a calendar which will be sold in December to raise money for school funds.

Mrs Blakely said, “It was a simple idea which snowballed, capturing the imagination and interest of a wide number of students. Students manage to surprise and impress you every day and this certainly happened when the photos came flocking in – so many were breath-taking and skilfully taken. I am looking forward to seeing the photos for the school calendar at the end of the year”.