The 4th Maurice Broomfield Competition for children of Junior School age brought a fine display of the photographerâ€™s art to Emsworth Community Association for the award of prizes on Friday, 1st May. Maurice was an industrial photographer with an international reputation. He lived in Emsworth for many years, spent hours watching and enjoying the wildlife on the Emsworth Slipper Mill Pond, and loved to encourage young people to take up, become proficient at , and enjoy photography.
After his death at the age of 94 in 2010 the Slipper Mill Pond Preservation Association (SMPPA) decided it would be appropriate to commemorate him and his work by establishing and funding a competition for children, working with local schools. It is open to children in years 3- 6and the participating schools are Emsworth Junior, St. James C. of E, Southbourne, Westbourne, Funtington, Thorney Island. It is organised by a group comprising members of Mauriceâ€™s family and friends and the SMPPA. The rules for entry, including subject matter, have evolved over the years to the include the Associationâ€™s interest in wildlife conservation but also to allow free rein to the childrenâ€™s inclination to take pictures of anything which fires their imagination. This yearâ€™s conservation-related theme was â€œPonds and River Banksâ€.
The overall winner of â€œPonds and River Banksâ€ section was Sarah Palmer (year 5, Funtington) with her picture entitled â€œRobert the Frogâ€.
Other best-of-year winners were: Jamie Drew with â€œTake Offâ€ (Year 6, Westbourne), Scarlet Vinten â€œMallard Pair (year 4, Funtington) and Fola Odofin, â€œDinner Timeâ€ (year 3, Southbourne).
Melody Dodgson (Emsworth), Eva Ford (Funtington), Fola Odofin, Ellen Middleton (Funtington), Jamie Morgan (Funtington), Priya Sahota (St James), Jonny Sargent (Thorney Island), (Emsworth Junior) and Jessica Webb (St James) also entered pictures which the judge were sufficiently impressed by to award of a â€œHighly Commendedâ€ certificate.
In the â€œFree Choice of Subjectâ€ section the winner was Jamie Morgan, (Funtington), with â€œPortraitâ€. Thomas Barker (Southbourne), Billie Oâ€™Brien (Funtington), Florence Lane (Westbourne), and Honor Oâ€™Brien (Funtington), Sarah Palmer (Funtington) and Gwen Sargent (Thorney) received â€œHighly Commendedâ€ certificates .
Up to the present year the prizes have been presented by members of Mauriceâ€™s family. This year, owing to ill health and work commitments abroad this was not possible and prizes and certificates were presented by Gill and Jeff Thatcher, both members of the judging panel. All the entries were printed and displayed in the Assembly room , where the prizes were presented, forming a very impressive backdrop to the proceedings, and continued on show over the weekend that followed. Subsequently, the winning pictures could be seen in the Emsworth Co-op Store, who kindly provided the light refreshments for the event.