Photographs win money for school


A student at Castle Newnham School, has donated the prize money for winning a local photography competition to the art department at the school.

Bethany,14, entered a Young Photography competition that challenged young people in Bedford to share different perspectives of the town’s well-known and not-so-well-known landmarks.

The competition, run by local independent estate agent Hollands Smith sought to share photos that showcase the community and culture of our town, the landmarks, the hidden treasures – with the brief being: “The more quirky or unusual the better!”

Bethany’s winning photo captured the recently refurbished Kings Bridge over the Great River Ouse – one she walked over many times during lockdown walks with her family.

She said, “The photo was part of my GCSE Art coursework on reflections. It also reminded me of how lucky we are to have such lovely river walks near to us.”

At her request her £50 prize was donated to the art department to help buy supplies for all students at the school.

Emily Robinson, Art Subject Leader at Castle Newnham said: “Not only am I proud of Bethany for winning this competition, but donating the prize money to the art department shows her love of the subject and her wish to share this win with her peers.

“Thank you so much Bethany and the team at Hollands Smith!”

The winner of the younger age group also attends the primary school at Castle Newnham. James captured the Victorian architecture of school roof to win his prize, donating £50 to Castle Newnham’s PTA.