Tynemouth's Blue Reef Aquarium Showcases Young Photographer

Wed, 4/18/2012 - 5:44 AM

By Drew Cunliffe

Tynemouth, UK - A young wildlife photographer has so impressed staff at Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium that they are planning to exhibit a selection of his pictures on site.

Twelve-year-old Lewis Bond, from Ashington, is a regular visitor to the Tyneside wildlife attraction.

During a recent trip he snapped pictures of one of the aquarium newest arrivals and Lewis’ favourite animal – Reg the iguana.

Blue Reef’s Anna Pellegrino said: “Everyone here was extremely impressed when we saw Lewis’ pictures of Reg and we decided to ask him to exhibit a selection of his wildlife photographs here at the aquarium.

“He’s clearly got real talent and his enthusiasm for his subject is obvious. We’re hoping he will be able to come back to the aquarium and take a series of new images which can be included in the exhibition,” she added.

Lewis, who attends Bothal Middle School in Ashington, has been taking pictures since he received a camera as a Christmas present back in 2010.

“Lewis says he enjoys taking photos because he likes to record things that he has seen and places he has visited,” said mum Vivienne.

“He likes to take a variety of pictures but he particularly likes wildlife and he would eventually like to be a photographer in the future,” she added.

The youngster is a member of the Ashington Co-Op Camera Club and was recently featured on television as one of the judges who chose the winning weather pictures for a BBC calendar for next year.

To view  Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium's web page on Zoo and Aquarium Visitor, go to:  http://www.zandavisitor.com/forumtopicdetail-2515-Blue_Reef_Aquarium

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