A talented photographer was among the teenage journalists who received awards for their work at an awards ceremony last night.

The youngsters were the winners in the annual Young Reporter Awards, run by this newspaper and sister titles.

They beat almost 1,000 other students at 100 schools across the capital and in parts of Surrey and Kent.

Set up six years ago, the unique scheme allows school students to get a taste of life as a journalist by completing a series of assignments which are then published on our websites.

The quantity and quality of entries was higher than ever this year and the judges had great difficulty in selecting the winners.

Charlotte Allen, a student from Nonsuch High School in Cheam scooped the award for best photo in the years 10 and 11 age group for her photograph Ride of remembrance.

She said: "The difficulty comes in clicking one single button to capture an event as a whole. This scheme made me aware of this sometimes overlooked side of journalism."

Local schools taking part in the scheme were Epsom College, Blenheim High School, Glyn Techology School, Nonsuch High School, City of London Freemen's School, The Beacon School, Therfield School, Leatherhead.

Group managing editor, Andy Parkes, who founded the scheme and helped present the awards said: "This is one of my favourite events, and it just gets better every year.

"The enthusiasm and dedication of the young reporters never ceases to amaze me and it’s an honour to recognise their achievements.

"We know it helps immensely when they’re applying for university places and a number of the young reporters who took part in year one have already gone on to become professional journalists.

"I’m already looking forward to next year."

Peter Le Riche, from the University of Roehampton, the awards' higher education partner, said: "Our congratulations go to each one of the winners for the work they have put in. The students I spoke to at the awards were clearly serious about becoming responsible journalists, which is very heartening to see.

"When the time is right, I would encourage them to find out how a respected degree in the subject, like the courses Roehampton provides, can give them the grounding and knowledge of journalism, including how the industry works in the digital age, which employers really value." 

Read the work of students on the scheme at www.epsomguardian.co.uk/youngreporter

*Schools that would like to take part in the scheme next year should contact Diana Jarvis now on djarvis@london.newsquest.co.uk or call her on 02087226378.


Young Reporter Awards 2014 - winners

Years 12 and 13

Best Reporter - Yasmeen Ameer - Croydon High School

Breaking News - Danielle Connor - Ursuline High School

Best Event - Rahmon Agbaje - Whitgift, School

Best Interview - Iaya Al-Khafaji - Wycombe High School

Best Feature - Yasmeen Ameer - Croydon High School

Best Photo - Emma Johnson - Streatham and Clapham High School

Years 10 and 11

Best Reporter - Liberty Martin, Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College

Breaking News - Chloe Batchford, Farringtons School

Best Event - Emma Wooldridge, St Martha's School

Best Interview - Louise Bate, Gumley House Convent School

Best Feature - Tara Madsen, The Tiffin Girls' School

Best Photo - Charlotte Allen, Nonsuch High School

Extra Mile - Liberty Martin, Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College

Extra Mile - Muhammed Hussain - Coombe Boys’ School

Most Read - Dan Statham - The Royal Grammar School