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Young photographer scoops top Rotary Rotary Prize

Talented young photographer Sam Davis rose to the top by beating  all 15 - 18 year olds entrants from  Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and parts of Staffordshire & Leicestershire, in the 2013 Rotary Young Photographer competition. Sam clearly has an eye for stunning photos when he selected his portfolio of three photographs for first stage of the competition, initially pitting himself against other young photographers from Hope Valley.


Sam with his three winning photographs (left to right):

"Strong Stuff", Weisse Lutschine, Lauterbrunnan Valley, Switzerland;

"Serenity", Royal Naval College, Greenwhich;

"Eye Level", paraglider, Lauterbrunnan Valley, Switzerland;

Valley Rotarians PDG John Craike & Ian Ord, selected 15 year old Sam's portfolio as being the cream of the crop, forwarding Sam's photos on to the Rotary District finals. John Craike said: "We really liked Sam's choice of three very different images to interpret the theme of peace. Sam is clearly a highly talented and dedicated young photographer."

President Andrew presents Sam with his two certificates before handing Sam his 50 cash prize from District 1220.


Sam was delighted to win the Hope Valley section of the competition. However, Sam was over the moon when he was told that District 1220 Rotarian judges had voted Sam's portfolio of three photographs the best pictures in the 15-18 year old section of Rotary District 1220   Young Photographer Competition.  


Sam Davis examine the certificates he's been awarded. Gill Campbell, Sandra & Ron Marshall and Ian Ord admire Sam's winning portfolio of of photographs.

Following Sam's success his family were invited to attend a Rotary Club Meeting with Valley Rotarians at The Grouse Inn, Froggatt. After the dinner Sam was presented with a trio of awards: the Club and District winners certificates and a prize of 50 in cash. Sam awed all present when he explained that he'd had to move to the edge of a cliff to take the winning photograph of a hang glider soaring 2,000 above. Sam then gained everyone's respect with his precocious photographic skills, as he explained how he'd selected shutter speeds and aperture settings for each of the three winning images. Perhaps we have another David Bailey in the making?