Award-winning night at Nailsea School

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By Carol_Deacon | Monday, February 25, 2013, 15:31

In the same week as the Oscars Nailsea School hosted its ninth annual media and photography showcase.

The evening celebrated the achievements of its Year 9, 10, 12 and 13 photography students, as well as GCSE and A-level media studies work in websites, print media and film.  

The school is a specialist in technology and media arts, which was evident by the  near professional standard display of work on offer, said the professional judges.  

Visitors to the showcase had the opportunity to browse students print media and websites on display in the school's atrium, before attending a screening of film work in the auditorium.  

Work was judged by the audience as well as several professionals in the area of publishing, photography, advertising and film.

And the winners are:

  • Year 10 photography, 1 and audience prize Amy Peters;
  • AS photography, 1 Tamarra Bessant, 2 Julie Seavill, 3rd and audience prize Bethan Smith;
  • A2 photography, 1 and audience prize Lucy Mitchell, 2 Charlie Dando, 3 Lee Boobyer;
  • GCSE media studies single award magazines judges and audience prize Jess Harvey; 
  • GCSE media studies double award judges prize Jess Harvey, audience prize Zoe Ford;
  • BTEC media films 1 Chloe Troth and Bethany Seager, audience prize Lewis Birch, Saad Raza, Jack Sponsillo, Joe Fry and Lee Martin;
  • AS print/web media 1 Lee Boobyer, 2 Guy McCheyne, 3 Jonathan Williams, audience prize Jake Hirst; and
  • AS media broadcast media 1 Jake Hirst, 2 Harry Oliver, 3 Seth Atkinson, audience prize  Jacob Asghar.

Photographer John Stubbs who helped judge the event said "I was very impressed by the thoughtful and structured work of the students."

And fellow judge Karen Beland, a programme maker for the BBC, Channel 5 and US broadcasters, said "The standard of work was really impressive. 

"In all honesty, some of those students would give directors working in the industry right now a real run for their money.

"It bodes well for the future of the TV and film industry."  

Clare Dornan, an experienced producer for the BBC and Tigress Films, said "First prize winner Jake Hirst created a film with great use of music and sound effects.

"And runner-up Harry Oliver produced a simple and well told, film which was stylish and funny." 

Christina Robino, co-owner of Bud UK Ltd public relations and marketing agency co-owner Christina Robino thought GCSE media studies magazines winner Jess Harvey had found a gap in the market with here topical cookery magazine for seven to 10-year-olds.

Nailsea Schoolopened in 1959 as a grammar school with 90 pupils. 

In 2010 the school moved into a £32 million new building on the same campus which includes a state-of-the-art all weather pitch with floodlighting.

Currently the school which converted to an Academy in September 2012 has 1,042 pupils. 



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