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PUBLISHED: 13:55 03 February 2010 | UPDATED: 11:26 23 August 2010

Medway Bridge

Medway Bridge

A 14-YEAR-OLD schoolboy had his work exhibited at the National Theatre after he scooped a top prize in a prestigious photographic competition. Talented Sam Baylis, a pupil at Gravesend Grammar School for Boys, won the Classic View youth section in the La

A 14-YEAR-OLD schoolboy had his work exhibited at the National Theatre after he scooped a top prize in a prestigious photographic competition.

Talented Sam Baylis, a pupil at Gravesend Grammar School for Boys, won the Classic View youth section in the Landscape Photographer of the Year 2009 competition.

His award-winning shot of the Medway Bridge, which he took in February last year, was on display at the National Theatre in central London from December until January 24, and will now feature in a Landscape Photographer of the Year book, which is out now and has 170 of the winning and commended entries from this years competition.

Sam, who lives in Cuxton and started taking pictures when he was just 11 years old, has also had success in other competitions including winning the Kent Wildlife Trusts Junior Photographer of the Year in both 2008 and 2009.

He said: "I was pleased to see my photograph was on display at the National Theatre, I even had a 40ft image of it displayed on the front of the theatre at the start of the exhibition.

"I really enjoy taking photographs, I like taking pictures of animals mostly, and the natural world.

"It all started when I started photography at my primary school, and the teacher said I had a good eye for it. I saved up for a camera and started taking my own photos.

"I enter as many competitions as I can."

Sam, who says he wants to be a naturalist when he grows up, travels with his parents to sties across Kent to capture the best photos.

His mother Daniela said: "We have been told by so many people that he has a really good natural eye, I think you are born with that ability. For someone of only 14 to be taking photos like that is impressive.

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