In 2019 my son, Caillou, came to me and asked me to teach him photography. I was very happy to oblige and gave him my old Nikon D3300 camera and set about teaching him.
I’m a firm believer in doing things properly, so I taught him how to control the camera manually, how to choose his settings for the scene in front of him and we practised tirelessly.
After about a week my wife told us about Highcliffe Castle’s Young Photographer of the year contest.
The theme was ‘new beginnings’ and Caillou was very excited to try. He had spent some time considering the theme and then asked if I could take him to the forest. He wanted to find a dead tree or stump with a new tree growing from it.
We found a few examples in the New Forest but he was not happy with any of the photos he took.
After this, he asked if we could go to Stanpit Marsh and take photos of the foals.
As we walked the marsh Caillou found many possibilities and took some beautiful photos. Finally, he settled on a foal that was crossing a small bridge. Here is the final photo, entitled Foal on the Marsh:
Caillou was excited to enter the contest but was over the moon when he found out the judges had chosen his photo to win his age category!
Well done Cai, I could not have been prouder!