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Youngsters learn to take photographs and leave nothing but footprints

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Tuesday 15 July 2014

Photo display shows the national park through schoolchildren's eyesSchoolchildren from Birkdale School in Sheffield have been inspired by the Peak District National Park landscape to produce a photographic exhibition which is on show in the Peak District Photography Gallery at Bakewell visitor centre until August 9.

The display of images taken by the year four pupils, aged between 10 and 11 years, gives people the opportunity to see the national park through their eyes.

The images were taken during a day of photography when the children explored moorland and woodland at Longshaw, near Grindleford. Photographic tuition was provided by the Peak District Photography Gallery's award winning landscape and wildlife photographers Ian Daisley, Karen Frenkel and Graham Dunn.

Graham Dunn said: "After a short lesson on cameras, settings, photography and composition the children were let loose to explore and photograph the surrounding environment. They photographed the big landscape, the lake, trees, woodland, wildlife and each other, and we helped them fine-tune their technique.

"They had a mixture of experience at the start but all managed to produce some stunning images - lots of creativity was encouraged which shows in the final results! They took 2800 images between them which was distilled down to one each (34) and these are on display in the gallery until August 9."

Four highly commended images and an overall winning image were chosen.

 Jim Dixon, chief executive of the Peak District National Park Authority, congratulated all the young photographers. He said: "It's uplifting to see the enthusiasm these schoolchildren have for the national park environment. Their pictures help show why it is important to protect our wild spaces so that every generation has the chance to discover nature and wildlife for themselves."

Comments from Birkdale's junior amateur photographers included:  

"The views were stunning and there were loads of incredible things to take photos of."

"It was epic. I learned a lot, especially how to make photographs look good. Brill!!!"

"I really enjoyed the photography day. We were taught how to use our cameras and how to make photographs look good. We went in really beautiful woods with lovely scenery."

The exhibition can be viewed in the fully accessible photography gallery and visitor centre, housed in Bakewell's historic Old Market Hall, which is open every day throughout the summer. For more details call 01629 816558 or go to www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting

Information on the gallery and the work of the award-winning landscape and wildlife photographers featured there can be seen at www.peakgallery.co.uk

Sales of photographs from the gallery generate income for the Peak District National Park Authority. Bakewell visitor centre showcases the work of the National Park's finest artists and craftspeople and the Authority receives a share of profits from sales.

Picture caption: Photo display shows the national park through schoolchildren's eyes.

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