National award for Underwood teen

Katy Ward, 14, from Selston High School has won a British Red Cross photography competition.
Katy Ward, 14, from Selston High School has won a British Red Cross photography competition.

A 14-year-old schoolgirl from Underwood has won a national photo competition and travelled to Westminster to collect the prestigious award.

Katy Ward, of Old Chapel Lane, won the under 17s category of the Red Cross Humanitarian Photo Awards and was presented with a Canon camera worth £800 at a ceremony in London.

This year’s competition theme was ‘heroes’ and Katy won her category with a black and white picture of an upright piano with ‘Not all heroes are human’ written on the music stand.

The photo had been taken as part of a school art project but Katy’s art teacher Miss Smith entered her picture into the national competition,

Katy said that although she wants to be a photographer in the future, she never expected to win.

She added: “I was called to my art teacher’s room and she told me I had won.

“I just stood there staring at her I was so shocked.”

Katy, a pupil at Selston High School, has had singing lessons for several years and she enjoys music so much that she wanted to portray it as her hero.

She said: “Sometimes people don’t have the words and music does.

“Sure, there are heroes like Batman – but to some people, music is the best hero.”

Her mum, Tracy, accompanied her daughter to accept the award and the Canon EOS 700D camera at the Churchill Suite in Westminster.

She told the Advertiser: “I really am so proud of her.

“It was a phenomenal day and it was really humbling to hear the stories of some of the young people receiving awards for fundraising.”