Shane on track in photography contest

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The talents of a Peterborough teenager have been recognized in the inaugural Young Railway Photographer of the Year competition.

Organized by the Railway Photographic Society in the 100 of the organizationand year, the competition saw over 150 young people, some as young as eight years old, submit their best images to be named ‘Young Railway Photographer of the Year’.

The competition divided entries into two categories: photographers under the age of 19 and those between the ages of 19 and 25.

In addition to the overall winners, special “Judges’ Picks” for Outstanding Individual Pictures were awarded to Shane Gopal (17), of Peterborough, Henry Pinkney (13), of Ely, and Matthew Howe (16), of St. Ives, among others.

The winning image of the competition was taken by Bradley Langton, (20) from East Yorkshire who wowed the judges with a technically accomplished thoughtful view of an LNER Class 91 locomotive at London King’s Cross station.

A selection of 48 images from the competition will be included in a temporary exhibition at the National Railway Museum in York. The Young Railway Photographer of the Year exhibition will also be on display at Locomotion in Shildon, County Durham from June 2022.

The competition was organized by the Railway Photographic Society, and winners of the competition will receive a range of prizes including photographic equipment, railway books, photography training opportunities and a behind-the-scenes tour of the National Railway Museum.

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