Placed ... .Sam Copland (11), of Waimumu gained 5th place in the under 14 category in recent; Natioanl junior photographer competition.

Would you hang it on the wall?

This is the advice Sam Copland has been given when choosing his photographs.

Eleven-year old Sam is proving to be an accomplished photographer, gaining fifth and sixth placings in the “digital 14 years and below” section of the North Shore Junior Photo Competition.

He was also highly commended for two other photographs he submitted into the competition.

Sam said his interest in photography was piqued after his grandmother gave him a digital camera for Christmas about two-and-a-half years ago.

and I have loved taking photos ever since,” Sam said.

About two years ago Sam joined the Gore Camera Club and said he had not looked back.

Camera club competition secretary Bob Smith said Sam was the youngest by a long way in the club.

“He is the only child. He has a very good eye and is doing extremely well.”

Sam said since he joined the camera club, Mr Smith had been really helpful and had taught him loads of tips.

Sam now uses a Canon 1100D which he said was perfect to keep learning on.

Sam’s photograph of a dotterel on her nest was awarded fifth place in the national competition.

He said getting the photo took patience.

“She was probably not happy with me being there, as [she was] nesting, but kept returning to her eggs.

“Bob taught me to get down low. Lying on the stones was worth the effort,” Sam said.

Sam submitted four photographs into the national junior competition which had only six top placings.

The fact he got two placings out of 82 entries was incredible, Mr Smith said.

“This is an outstanding result for such a young photographer who has only taken up this hobby for less than two years,” he said.


Future behind the lens … Sam Copland (11) of Waimumu is realising there is a lot more to photography than just taking a picture. PHOTO: JENNY DILLNER
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