North Norfolk photographer takes first place in international competition

Emily Buck and actor Peter Davidson at the My Perspective awards. Photo: DSA

Emily Buck and actor Peter Davidson at the My Perspective awards. Photo: DSA - Credit: Archant

A north Norfolk photographer has been awarded first place in an international photography competition.

Seven Sisters, by Emily Buck. Photo: Emily Buck

Seven Sisters, by Emily Buck. Photo: Emily Buck - Credit: Archant

Emily Buck's photograph, titled 'Seven Sisters', was taken on the seafront at the Seven Sisters Cliffs near Eastbourne, in Sussex.

And the striking shot won the 19-year-old fine art student first prize in the My Perspective competition, run by the Downs Syndrome Association (DSA).

Miss Buck, who is from Antingham, has been taking photographs since she became interested in the subject, aged 16.

She won the My Perspective competition in 2016, with the photograph 'Reflection'.

She studies art at Norwich City College, including photography as well as other mediums, including drawing and painting.

Miss Buck said: 'I'm shocked that I won and I'm very happy and proud because it's something I love doing.

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'I've taken an interest in photography for a while now and I learn more about it at college.

'Anything that really catches my eye I like to photograph.

'I also like taking pictures of my family.'

She added: 'My sister did photography at college and my dad has a camera so he helps me with my pictures.

'I get quite a lot of help from my dad but my pictures are better.

'I do enjoy the process and I like the different styles of things.

'For the competition I narrowed it down to my three best photos.

'I found it really hard to pick the top three.'

Miss Buck, who has a rarer form of the condition, called mosaic Down's Syndrome, was given her award at the prize ceremony on London on Thursday, June 21.

It was presented to her by actor Peter Davidson.

She said: 'I was really shocked by that and excited to meet him.

'I'm a big fan of Doctor Who and I knew he played one of the doctors.'

The My Perspective contest is only open to people with Down's Syndrome from across the world.

The contest offers entrants the chance to show the world from their point of view.

The shortlisted photographs were judged by an expert panel, which included Peter Davison, photographer Richard Bailey, gallery founder Alex Proud journalist Sanchia Berg, last year's winner Oliver Hellowell and writer and campaigner Sarah Merriman.