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.