Bright start for star student snapper

A 10-YEAR-OLD schoolgirl who got up at the crack of dawn to capture the moment on camera was in the limelight yesterday after winning Ireland’s most innovative schools photography competition.

Maggie Carr from Kilcrohane National School, Bantry, Co Cork, had her photograph picked from more than 2,500 in this year’s HP Digital Imagination competition.

Her winning photograph, taken with her five million pixel camera outside her home in west Cork, was simply titled In The Beginning.

Maggie took about 40 scenic shots and then chose the best one for the competition.

And she obviously has a good eye for a photograph because her image won the primary 7- to 10-year-old category.

“I stepped out in the chilly morning and looked at the sky.

“I could see the sun peeking through the clouds and at first it seemed as if the sky was on fire,” she recalled.

The overall winning shot was taken by Kit Connolly, a 15-year-old student at the High School, Rathgar, Dublin.

Her photograph was called Illuminated and featured a young girl encircled by a string of lights against a black background.

“The contrast of both light and darkness creates the transformation that illuminates the photo,” said Kit when describing her shot.

Hot Press photographer and competition judge Graham Keogh said the standard of entries was noticeably higher than previous years.

“We chose Kit’s photo Illuminated as the overall winner; it is an incredibly clever image with such depth and emotion,” he said.

“It demonstrates that, with a great imagination and understanding of the use of lighting you can create a unique piece of art,” he added.

Kit received a laptop computer as her prize while other category winners were presented with digital imaging equipment.

Students from about 800 primary and secondary schools throughout Ireland entered the competition.

HP Ireland imaging and printing group marketing manager Imelda Cahill said digital imaging was advancing at such a fast pace it was inspirational to see young people in Ireland producing such exceptional imagery.

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