A Stroud photographer has won the under-16 category of medical charity Cobalt’s photography competition.
Kitty’s photograph The Light Creeps In, taken in Portugal, impressed the judges. Her image will now go on to help other less fortunate young people as part of a calendar to raise money for the Cobalt Cancer Nurse Specialist for teenagers and young adults.
The charity calendars are now on sale for £8 from the charity’s headquarters at Linton House, Thirlestaine Road, Cheltenham. Calendars can be ordered at the charity’s website https://www.cobalthealth.co.uk/support-us/.
Kitty said: “I took the photo in Portugal when we went sea kayaking. We entered through a small passage to the cave and looking back out to sea the light was amazing. The cave was full of natural beauty – the colours of the rock, the sea and the sand complimented each other so well. The kayaks felt so out of place in such an untouched location. I wanted to frame the light with the kayaks to capture the beauty of the moment.”
The charity’s photography competition was a fantastic opportunity for budding young photographers and previous winners have benefited significantly from specialist subscriptions to help develop their skills. Entrants also cited a boost to mental health as a key factor in taking up photography as it encouraged them to go into the great outdoors and discover nature.
Kirsty Bradbury, Fundraising Engagement Officer for Cobalt said: “The money raised from calendar sales will be used to fund Cobalt’s Teenage & Young Adult Cancer Nurse who supports some of the most vulnerable in our society; 16 – 25-year-olds who have been given a life-threatening diagnosis. Cobalt needs to raise £28,000 each year to ensure that the vital support they receive will continue.” Anyone who would like to know more about Cobalt’s work should phone the fundraising team on 01242 535922 or email email@example.com.