Talented young snapper has her winning entry in the frame

A talented young photographer, who beat off competition from 2,500 rivals to be one of only two British winners in a prestigious competition, has seen her work go on display at a top venue.

Monday, 14th November 2016, 6:30 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 3:56 pm
Jessica, surrounded by her family, next to her winning entry at the exhibition at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.

Competitors ranging from students and amateur photographers, to professional and medical photographers from all over the world entered the contest along with Jessica Chatburn (16) who lives in Reedley, Burnley,

And two of her photographs, taken on the holiday in 2014, were chosen for the top 100 in the competition which has just completed a touring exhibition in Manchester.

The winning entries are now on display in the city's Royal Exchange Theatre until January.

The shot, which won Jessica, who is a former head girl at Oakhill School, Whalley, the first place in the competition was called Swarms of Chrysaora Fuscescens. It was taken at Monterey Aquarium and was part of a large number of images she took on the trip.

Jessica, who is now studying A' Levels at Nelson and Colne College, was presented with her medal and £500 towards photographic equipment at a glittering awards night at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London hosted by the Royal Photographic Society and Siemens.

Jessica would like to eventually study either Architecture or Engineering but has a particular love of music, art and of course, photography.

The competition is supported by Siemens as part of the Curiosity Project, a three-year programme which aims to engage young people with science and engineering. Entrants were asked to take a visually appealing picture that tells a science story either with a camera or smartphone.

Pictures included computer chips, the moon and raindrops on a ladybird, as well as a tiger shark, wet foam soap bubbles, x-rays of developing cuttlefish and an x-ray of a pregnant fly.