A young photographer has won a national art award with a series of pictures that aimed to sum up the impact of the financial crisis on his hometown.

Financial crisis pic by Connor Matheson

Picture credit: Connor Matheson

A young photographer has won a national art award with a series of pictures that aimed to sum up the impact of the financial crisis on his hometown, Barnsley.

Connor Matheson, 17, triumphed in the photography category of a competition for 16-25-year-olds, run by the charity YouthNet, Egg and the Citi Foundation.

His winning picture, a photo montage, is entitled ?Ghost Town?. It shows how a community has been hit by the recession, featuring images of derelict shops.

Connor said he plans to spend his £300 prize money on camera equipment when he goes to university.