SCHOOL children have visited Port of Tyne to gain inspiration to enter an annual photo and film competition.
The pupils came from Benton Park Primary School, whose Year 6 and 7 classes, were runners-up in the 2011 youth film category of the Reflect Awards.
The youth award, created by the port to in 2007 to capture the essence of the north east, will this year be judged by a panel that includes former middle distance Olympic runner Steve Cram.
And to help inspire this year’s young film makers at Benton Park Primary, a special visit was arranged for the children to explore the port.
Head teacher Alice Witherow said: “I was delighted to have the opportunity to visit the port with the children.
“The Port of Tyne is full of activity and very inspiring for our team of young film makers who are all excited about making their film and entering the port’s Reflect competition.
“I wouldn’t hesitate to encourage more schools to enter the competition, it really is a great way to stimulate creativity, imagination and develop ideas.”
The port’s corporate affairs director Susan Wear said: “Last year we were delighted to increase the number of entries from young people through school participation.
“The results were some amazing and inspirational photos and short films.”
The competition offers £500 prize money to the winner in each category covering the people, the places and the environment of the region.
This year, the film category theme is ‘What the River means to me’ and the added Reflect youth category for under 16s is an opportunity for other budding young photographers and film makers to take part.
The competition closes at noon tomorrow (Friday). For more information visit portoftyne.co.uk/reflect