Gordonstoun pupil Olivia Barnett wins nationwide images competitors – Northern Scot

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A GORDONSTOUN pupil has gained a nationwide images competitors for a shocking snap of a stag.

Olivia Barnett recently won the senior category of Elgin Rotary’s Young Photographer competition and went on to win the general district competitors.

Ian Brodie presents Olivia Barnett with her trophy for winning the national competition.
Ian Brodie presents Olivia Barnett along with her trophy for profitable the nationwide competitors.

She has now added to that by profitable first prize in a closing that lined entrants from throughout Great Britain and Ireland.

The theme of the competitors was Colours of Nature and Olivia’s {photograph} of a pink deer stag was named winner.

Olivia’s achievements are solely made extra spectacular by the actual fact she solely began finding out images in sixth kind (fifth 12 months).

“I just adore nature photography,” Olivia explained. “My family and I were on a road trip when I took this photograph of the stag.

“We were driving towards Applecross when we saw the stag lying on the ground surrounded by stunning scenery. Once we had parked, I got out and started taking photos.

“To my surprise, the stag was very timid, and I was able to set up and get reasonably close to him. After several attempts, I was able to get a shot I was happy with.

“For a while, we watched the stag before it got up and walked into the hills. It is sometimes luck that puts you at the perfect place at the right time.

“I had never studied photography before attending Gordonstoun and now, in September, I will be studying Marine Photography and Natural History at university.

“I have learned so much from all my teachers, including Mrs Wendi Van-Hoof, my incredible photography teacher who has taught me so much over the last two years! I feel so lucky to have found something that I am so passionate about.”

Olivia receives her trophy from Elgin Rotary President, Ian Brodie. Her photography teacher Wendi van Hoof holds Olivia's winning photo and Head of Senior School Richard Devey is far right.
Olivia receives her trophy from Elgin Rotary President, Ian Brodie. Her images instructor Wendi van Hoof holds Olivia’s profitable picture and Head of Senior School Richard Devey is way proper.
Olivia shows Ian Brodie, Elgin Rotary Club President, her photography work. Head of Senior School Richard Devey (left) and Olivia's Art and Photography teacher Wendi van Hoof (right) look on.
Olivia exhibits Ian Brodie, Elgin Rotary Club President, her images work. Head of Senior School Richard Devey (left) and Olivia’s Art and Photography instructor Wendi van Hoof (proper) look on.

Elgin Rotary president Ian Brodie introduced Olivia along with her award.

He stated: “Rotary Elgin is very proud of the entry which Olivia sent to the club during our photographic competition.

“The judges were delighted with Olivia’s stunning entry. We invited her to come to the club and she gave us a short explanation of how the photo shoot came about.

“We entered the photo for the Rotary District competition and Olivia won that also. A great accolade for Olivia and the club. Well done, Olivia.”

Principal of Gordonstoun Lisa Kerr added: “Olivia has distinguished herself as an extremely talented photographer during her time at Gordonstoun.

“In her role as captain of photography she has already taken photographs of life at school which have been published in national magazines.

“I am so pleased that her skill has been recognised by the Rotary Club and I am sure she will be extremely successful in her future career.”

The Young Photography competitors is certainly one of 10 organised yearly by Rotary.

All college students who enter obtain a certificates, with the winners receiving a trophy and a money prize.


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