Students snap up prizes

Photography award winner Isobel Taylor at Runshaw College, Leyland
Photography award winner Isobel Taylor at Runshaw College, Leyland
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Three A-Level photography students from Runshaw College, Leyland, have proven their creative talents as winners in Synergy Health’s photography 

The healthcare products manufacturer invited photography students into its production site at Matrix Park, Chorley.

The competition was part of the company’s 10th anniversary celebrations for its Comfifast tubular bandage range, which is sold in 22 countries internationally and across the NHS.

First prize winner was 17-year-old Isobel Taylor, whose black and white image of cotton reels impressed the judges.

She received gift vouchers of £100, and a framed version of her photo.

Gillian Gray, editor of the Chorley Guardian, chairman of the judging panel, said: “Isobel has demonstrated that she has a good eye for photographic composition.

“The machines, wires and clutter of the industrial setting can easily produce a confusing photograph, and this assignment has provided a real challenge to produce a clean and disciplined image.

“Isobel has spotted some order in the cotton reels, and a good crop has filled the frame to produce a pleasing, almost abstract image.

“Natural light has produced a good tonal range, and overall the viewer is left in no doubt as to the nature of the industry.”

Isobel’s photographic talents have also been recognised nationally. Her images of Synergy Health have been shortlisted for a prestigious EEF Made in Britain Photography Award.

She has been invited to the national awards ceremony on December 4 at the House of Commons, when the results of the competition will be announced.

If she is a winner of the young people’s category, she will have a chance to win a share of £5,000 worth of Canon photography equipment.

Second prize of £50 vouchers went to Calvin Merry, 17, and third prize, worth £25, to Drew Burns, 17.

Malcolm Sayers, managing director of the Woundcare Business Unit for Synergy Health, said: “Synergy Health is a major local employer, and we wanted to mark the 10th anniversary of our Comfifast brand by involving local young people in our activities.

“We are highly impressed by the talents of all the photography students, and will display their images with pride at our Chorley headquarters.”

Comfifast tubular bandages, manufactured at Matrix Park, Chorley, were created in 2002 and are used in wound dressing and the treatment of atopic eczema.

Synergy Health also manufactures Conti dry patient wipes and Oasis Bed Bath System at its Chorley facility.