A ten year old Brierley Hill girl who has only owned a camera for “a short time” has beaten scores of Midlands youngsters of similar age in a photography competition that has now put her into national finals.

Katie-Mae Mistrey, a year six pupil at Brierley Hill Primary School, beat 60 pupils from primary schools in Kinver, Wollaston and her own school, who entered photographs in the first round of the competition organised by the Rotary Club

of Kinver.

Her picture, of swans swimming on the canal alongside her school, went on to compete against local winners from the 60 Rotary clubs that comprise District 10060, stretching from Lichfield in the north to Southam in the south and from Rugby

in the east to Stourport in the west.

Having been proclaimed the winner from those pictures, her  shot has now gone forward to the finals of the junior section of the nationwide Rotary competition  when she will be against shots from up to 30 other district winners to find Rotary’s British Junior Photographer of the year, to be announced in early April.