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Teenage photographer secures news agency role

A teenage photographer managed to secure a job with a news agency just weeks before his 18th birthday.

Peter Summers, left, secured a position with the News Team agency in Birmingham at the age of 17 and his pictures are now regularly published in national newspapers.

He gained the job after completing a fast-track photojournalism course at Up To Speed in Bournemouth, where he studied after leaving school in the town of Elgin in the North of Scotland, 635 miles away.

During the course, he was trained for six months by press photographers Neil Turner and Hattie Miles and is now making a name for himself in national news after securing the role with News Team, which is owned by SWNS.

Said Peter: “There’s no doubting that Up To Speed was worth it. I’m now working for one of the biggest agencies in Britain and I certainly wouldn’t be here without the help of Neil, Hattie and the rest of the team.”

News Team picture editor Steve Chatterley added: “I was a little worried that Peter was going to struggle, being so inexperienced in such a competitive news patch. However, thanks to his training and attitude, he very quickly fitted in with the team.”

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  • October 17, 2013 at 10:35 am
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    Good luck Peter, I am sure you have what it takes from what I saw of your abilities when you came to Swansea on work experience.

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  • October 17, 2013 at 11:01 am
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    I think it’s brilliant when young people know what they want to do so they can start to fly early… well done Peter and with a surname like that I hope you get some great location work in the future 😉

    Can someone make sure this gets on the BBC & ITV as a good news youth story to give our kids hope… thank you.

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  • October 17, 2013 at 11:37 am
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    Great story. I am sure that for every dosser who makes the news there must be lots of aspiring youngsters such as Peter who are a good example but just get on with it. Credit also the NewsTeam for giving him the gig.

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