SEAFORD: Gemma’s photograph in summer exhibition

Gemma King with her photograph
Gemma King with her photograph

A TALENTED teenager from Seaford has had one of her photographs chosen from hundreds to appear in a prestigious display.

The Royal Academy of Arts selected Gemma King’s work for its A Level summer exhibition.

The 18-year-old, who studied A Level photography, English language and literature and biology at Sussex Downs College, stumbled across her talent after taking part in a project when she was a pupil at Newlands School.

Gemma and a friend thought it would be an idea to create a calendar of photographs of a garden being made at the school.

After showing the teachers the images Gemma was encouraged to get into photography.

Gemma’s picture which caught the eye was one of a dog jumping at a riding school. It was chosen from 950 submissions from around Britain - shortlisted to 95 and then 40.

Gemma said, “I got an email to say it was in the top 95. Then I received an email to say it was on the shortlist with two others from the college and then I found out the top 40 had been chosen and I saw my photograph and thought ‘oh my goodness’.”

View the picture at www.royalacademy.org.uk