THE Tavyside Patients’ Association (TPA) says it is delighted to learn that a two-time winner of its annual young photographer of the year competition, Lauren Dillon, has achieved a place to study photography at the University of Falmouth — her first choice.

The TPA chairman and committee expressed their well-wishes with her studies and congratulated her on this great achievement.

However, being at university will mean Lauren will be unable to hand over her Maureen Reynolds trophy to this year’s competition winner on October 10, but Eric Reynolds, husband of the late Maureen Reynolds, has agreed to present the shield to the 2015 winner at the prize giving.

Lauren had said that the competition helped her with her studies at Tavistock College by practising her skills focusing her ideas and putting learning into practise.

The age groups for this year remain the same as previous years — four to seven, eight to 11 and 12 to 18 and the judges’ choice of categories are humour, transport, age and faces.

Anyone in Tavistock and the surrounding villages can enter the competition, not just patients of the Tavyside Health Centre, and closing date for entries will be 4pm on Monday, September 28.

Three photographs can be entered in each category.

The aim of the competition includes the hope that by having the competition at a health centre, it will help young people by demystifying health services a little and encouraging them to have more confidence when talking to health service personnel or visiting medical facilities and improving communications between health professionals and young people.

Prizes worth between £5 and £30 can be won and again Dartmoor Photographic will sponsor a large canvas print of the winning picture and another on aluminium for display in the health centre.

Times photographer James Bird will again lead the panel of three judges, who are members of the vibrant Tavistock Photographic Society.

For more information, visit the Tavyside Health Centre in Abbey Rise, Tavistock or email [email protected]