Insight wins for snapper

PICTURE PERFECT: Laura Roberts (left) with competition organiser Jane Littlewood
PICTURE PERFECT: Laura Roberts (left) with competition organiser Jane Littlewood
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THIS teenage snapper who won a local photography competition has finally received her prize.

Laura Roberts’ photo, titled ‘Carbon Footprints’ was picked as the winner of the competition to mark the Walney Windfarm construction works taking place on Cleveleys seafront.

The only problem was, the organisers had lost her details and could not inform her of the accolade.

Following a plea in The Gazette, the 19-year-old from Cleveleys was finally traced and received her prize of £100 this week.

The former Blackpool and The Fylde college student has just been offered a place at Bolton University to study interior design.

Laura said: “I enjoy photography as a hobby and spend a lot of time on the beach with my dog so the competition was ideal really.

“I was very excited to find out I had won, I wasn’t expecting to, I entered on the off-chance really.”

Organiser Jane Littlewood said: “It was the press department at Blackpool College who spotted the article in the paper and looked the name up on their records.

“Laura has just finished a course there and we were so grateful when they got in touch.

“Although I wasn’t judging the competition – that was the job of the project manager – as soon as I saw Laura’s picture I liked it and thought it should win.

“It’s a stunning photo in its own right of the tracks created by the diggers in the sand, but the caption, ‘Representing steps taken towards creating future energy, using wind farms’ showed Laura’s insight into the project as well.

“We were delighted to present her with the cash prize.”

Walney Offshore Windfarm, supplying green energy to the UK, is being built in the Irish Sea and part of it was connected by a cable to shore at Cleveleys, which then goes underground to Thornton.

The windfarm is being built in two phases – Walney 1 and Walney 2 – with 51 turbines in each phase, capable of generating enough energy to power 320,000 homes. The maximum height of the turbines is only 8m shorter than Blackpool Tower.