An autumnal shot of the River Tyne from Ovingham Bridge has put the focus on a budding photographer, who has won a county-wide competition.

Charlotte Christian (12) of Prudhoe had her photograph entered in the Discover our Land Days Out photo competition which celebrated fantastic places to go in Northumberland.

Following a huge public vote, with more than 5,500 votes received on the Discover our Land Facebook page, Charlotte won the under 16s category.

The winning photos were shortlisted from more than 200 entries to the competition by an independent judging panel, before being put to the public vote on social media.

Charlotte, an Ovingham Middle School pupil, is now looking forward to enjoying her prize of a three-hour photography class with professional photographer and one of the judges of the competition, Neil Denham.

She said: “I have been taking photos, just on my phone, for a little while now and I really enjoy it.

“I was on my way home from school when I took this one and just loved all the different colours and the way the water was moving in currents.

“My mum entered me in the competition and I was so happy when she told me I had won. It’s really exciting to now get the chance to go out with a professional photographer.

“I would love to do it as a career when I’m older and I’m hoping to get a camera for Christmas so when I go out with Neil I can take some really good photos.”

Charlotte’s mum Louise, said: “She is absolutely over the moon to win and so is excited to get the opportunity to learn some tricks of the trade from a professional photographer.

“We can’t thank everyone enough for voting for her.

“It was very close at the end and I was making lots of frantic calls to friends and family to vote!”

Neil said: “Once again the standard of entries was outstanding and we were particularly excited by the standard of the youngsters who entered. It’s fantastic to see young talent coming through and I am very much looking forward to passing on my knowledge to Charlotte.

“Northumberland has so many stunning locations it’s a real playground for photographers and all those shortlisted show the breadth of things on offer and the great days out you can have in the county. The Discover our Land campaign is really bringing the county to the fore and sharing the county’s best stories.”

Many of the photos from this competition will now be included in a photography exhibition which has been shown in various locations in the county since the summer. The winning photos will also be displayed in meeting rooms at County Hall, Morpeth.

The Discover our Land campaign was launched in January and is raising the profile of Northumberland as a place to live, work, visit and invest. For more information go to