Darwen Aldridge Community Academy year 11 student Robin Ellison has won the 2013 British Rally Championship Amateur Photographer of the Year Competition.
Talented rally photographer Robin (15) from Blackburn in Lancashire beat off a host of rivals when his image of Mark Donnelly on the Pirelli Rally caught the attention of the judges. Robin wants to make a career as a photo journalist and says he was bowled over when he heard that his image had been selected as the 2013 winner.
“It has taken a while to sink in,” said Robin. “It means a lot to me to win this and it’s a major prize for someone at my age. I’d like to thank everyone at the BRC for making this possible.”
Robin collected his trophy at a black tie dinner and awards night in Manchester. He has been taking photographs at rallies since he was nine-years-old and tried one of his father Chris’s cameras on the 2006 Malcolm Wilson Rally. He has attended around 20 rallies this year, including six rounds of the BRC.