We have pleasure in announcing the winner of the under 15 year old section of the first Whittington Castle photo competition. The winning entry was taken by 12 year old Charlie Taaffe the title is “Defending Whittington Castle” – Charlie says “I was trying to imagine what it would be like to be an archer defending Whittington Castle. Charlie submitted 4 entries and we were so impressed with his work that he also wins the other prizes for his submission “Weeping Wonders”, he says “Every time I think of Whittington Castle I think of the majestic weeping willows on the approach drive so wanted them featured in a photo”. We will be displaying his winning pictures in the windows of kitchen@thecastle.
1. What prompted you to enter the photographic competition
at Whittington castle?
A. I have taken up photography during the period of lockdown and my Grandad is an excellent photographer. He gets his photos in the paper, so I wanted to follow in his footsteps and be like him taking photos and having fun learning about the hobby. I guess, it was the fact that mum pointed it out to me on Facebook, I’m always keen to enter a competition and I wanted to take some photos at the castle anyway so what better way than to enter them into a competition.
2. What do you enjoy most about photography?
A. I enjoy making memories whilst taking my photos, I don’t just take it and forget about it, I like to learn something whilst taking my photos. I love taking photos and am very proud of all my photos no matter what other people think.
3. What subject do you usually take photographs of?
A. I usually photograph plants and nature but I am working on sports, still life and people.
4. What did you use to take your photo?
A. I used my 20× Fujifilm camera that I was given very generously by mum’s friend.
5. Will winning in the competition inspire you to enter more competitions?
A. Yes, I have had a lot of confidence from this achievement so it will prompt me to enter more competitions like this and the Christmas competition you are hosting as well after this one. I am very grateful for the opportunity that I had.