Six-year-old child’s photo wins first prize in young photographers’ competition

A six-year-old girl from Milton Keynes has won first place in the MK Gallery’s Young Photographer 2022 competition for her photo of a robin sitting on a railway sleeper. The budding photographer beat out more than 130 other people for the top prize, including several who were more than twice her age.

As part of her prize, Pippa and her classmates will be able to participate in an artists’ workshop at MK Gallery as well as a guided tour of all current exhibitions, including MK Vivian Maier: Anthology (opens in a new tab) – a collection of more than 140 black and white photos of this mysterious photographer who became famous almost overnight.

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Young Photographer 2022 (opens in a new tab) is designed to inspire promising photographers from an early age to take up the hobby and enter competitions. It is open to any young person living or studying in Milton Keynes and is judged by a panel of curators and photographers. Images can be entered into one of four categories: landscapes, portraits, street or anything.

Throughout May, a series of workshops took place in the hope of inspiring these young photographers to discover another side of photography. They explored techniques such as cyanotype, pinhole cameras, experimented with digital photography and used different materials.

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Pippa at 6 with Les Evans, Fionnuala Boyd and Willie Robb (Image credit: Mk Gallery Young Photographer 2022)

One winner from each age category was chosen, but Pippa’s image came out on top overall and her age makes the shot even more impressive. MK Gallery’s Children and Youth Public Programs Manager said, “Young Photographer has been extremely popular this year. We were overwhelmed not only by the number of entries, but also by their level.

“We ran several photography workshops from April to July to support young people curious about photography who wanted to enter the competition. And, with a little family and/or school support, the participants produced some fantastic images.”

As well as winning a guided tour of the MK Gallery for herself and her classmates, Pippa and her family were also invited along with the other shortlisted photographers to an awards ceremony and special screening at the Sky Room. from the MK Gallery. Although Pippa is young, it shows how little age means – all you need is a good eye and the confidence to submit an image and who knows, maybe you could win a photo contest too .

Jack C. Nugent