Catterick Garrison teen has photo featured in calendar for second time

The work of a young budding photographer will be featured in a calendar for the second year in a row.

Cameron Smith’s landscape shot of Marrick, in Swaledale, has been selected from hundreds of entries for North Yorkshire Youth’s A year in North Yorkshire 2023 calendar.

Fifteen-year-old Cameron, who attends Richmond School,  started taking photographs after seeing the competition advertised again on the school’s social media.

Cameron said: “I was so pleased to win a place in the 2022 calendar and decided I’d try for a second time.

“I decided to focus on a landscape as a contrast to my close-up of a blue-tit last year and took a number of shots.

“However, it was this landscape that really stood out to me as it had an almost ethereal quality about it in the way the light played against the green tones of the countryside.

“I was over the moon when I heard that my photography had been recognised for a second time and am really proud to have my work commended again.

“I nearly always have a camera with me when I’m out and about, as living in Richmondshire I am so fortunate that there is always some wildlife and beautiful countryside on my doorstep.”

The Youth Development Team at North Yorkshire Youth said: “We received some fabulous entries in our calendar competition and the quality of the photographs was most impressive.

“The pictures all tell their own stories, not only showing what a stunningly beautiful area we live in but some of the characters and traditions that make it so special.

“Last year was the first time we ran the competition and it was so successful that we had no hesitation in making it an annual event.

“After entries were judged and the names of the winning photographs were revealed, we were thrilled to discover that Cameron was a winner for a second time.

“We particularly loved the composition of his photograph and the way the sunlight is streaming down on the lone sheep in the field, framed by the trees.”

Calendars are available to purchase at £9.99, plus £1.99 postage, and can be ordered by contacting Rachel Rabjohns on