Ilford teen scoops prestigious photography award with ‘chance’ shot

PUBLISHED: 10:13 29 October 2016

The Moon and the crow © Gideon Knight

The Moon and the crow © Gideon Knight

Gideon Knight

Facebook and Instagram are the usual platforms of choice for teenagers looking to share their photographs, but a talented 16-year-old will soon see his work displayed across five continents.

Gideon Knight, of Empress Avenue, won the junior Wildlife Photographer of the Year award for his picture of a crow in a tree backlit by the moon, taken in Valentines Park, Ilford.

The teenager, who has won several photography awards already, said he was “delighted” to be chosen.

“It’s unreal,” he told the Recorder.

“We went to the awards ceremony at the National History Museum last week and I ate dinner next to the diplodocus!”

Gideon snapped his photograph while he was on his way home one night, and said the award-winning shot was “down to chance”.

“I had gone to the park because there’s a great variety of wildlife, and I spotted the crow when I was leaving,” he said.

“It looked almost supernatural, like a fairytale.”

His photo is now on display in the National History Museum, as part of the annual prestigious NHM Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. The exhibition will also be toured internationally.

Lewis Blackwell, chief judge, said the picture was a perfect example of what they had been looking for.

“If an image could be a poem, it would be like this,” he added.

“The highly intelligent and very useful carrion crow is a creature rarely loved. Here it is transformed into an image of beauty, within a perfect composition.

“The image epitomises what the judges are looking for – a fresh observation on our natural world, delivered with artistic flair.

“I don’t know whether Gideon has been studying his art history but he’s got a feel for composition and artistic reference, which is terrific in someone so young.”

Gideon, who is studying for a BTEC in applied science, says he hopes to turn his passion into a job.

“It’s difficult to get into,” he said.

“You don’t just find an advert for this sort of job, unfortunately!

“Working for something like the National Geographic would be the dream.”

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