Venice beckons for Skegness snapper

Emma in action during the recent SO Festival. Photo by Val Goll, Skegness Camera Club.
Emma in action during the recent SO Festival. Photo by Val Goll, Skegness Camera Club.

A SKEGNESS woman’s photographic skills have earned her a trip to Venice - after she wowed professional judges and the public with one of her works.

Emma Cross, 20, only picked up a camera two year ago, but she has quickly impressed thanks to her natural skills.

And the Skegness Camera Club member has a lot to celebrate after she won a photo competition that is part-judged by professionals, and part-judged by a public vote.

She is now set to jet off to Venice to enjoy her prize - a holiday and spending money.

A delighted Emma said: “When I found out I’d won I was like, ‘Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God.”

“It’s really exciting and I was definitely delighted to find out.

“The theme of the competition was ‘imagination’ and my winning photo was of my friend and a quote on her arm.”

Emma is now looking forward to trying out her photographic skills on the famed-Italian city - which is awash with world-class architecture and iconic images, such as gondoliers.

The competition was run by Manfrotto, a tripod maker. Participants uploaded their shot onto Facebook, where the public and the judges got to pick out their favourites.

East Lindsey District Councillor, John Byford, who is also a professional photographer, said: “We live in a world in which millions of photos are taken every day, what with most people now owning a digital camera, so images that stand out from the crowd are getting much harder to find.

“Emma’s approach to photography is ‘fresh’, with her best work yet to come - and it will!

“She has natural flare for a good image,” he added.