Three Counties Photography Competition Winners 2011

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Posted on 28 February 2011

A North Staffordshire photographer, Margaret Robinson, won first prize at the Keele University Three Counties Open Photography Competition 2011.

Photographers from Cheshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire were praised for the excellent quality of their work submitted for the Keele University Art Gallery Three Counties Open Photography Competition, which is sponsored by architects and town planners, Hulme Upright Manning, of Stoke-on-Trent.

Photographers entered more than 250 photographs for the Open Photography Exhibition, which provides a showcase for their work and runs until 26 March.  The winning entries and 120 works included in the exhibition were selected by the judges.

The prize winners were: First Prize of £300: Margaret Robinson, of Alton, for her photograph, ‘Morning Light’; Second Prize of £100: Noel Bennett, of Stone, ‘Winter Surprise’; Third Prize of £50: Alan Stones, from Barlaston, Don’t Mess With Me'.

Highly Commended: Danny Beath, of Shrewsbury, ‘University Cloisters’;  Jon Brayford, Stoke-on-Trent, ‘Soon The Darkness’; Pat Cleeve, Stoke-on-Trent, ‘Vale of Ewyas’; Steve Geary, Trentham, “Dunraven’ and Graham Jones, Stone, ‘Gentoo Retreat from Sandstorm’.

The Student Prize of £150 was won by Ray Thornley, from Sandbach, for “The Other 2”.

The Focal Point Prize of £250, offered by the competition sponsors, Hulme Upright Manning, was won by Anna Warrington, of Slindon, Stafford, for ‘Solitary Shopper, Berlin’. Hulme Upright Manning wants the winner of The Focal Point Prize to photograph a building designed by their practice. In return the resulting photograph would be incorporated into a variety of media used by Hulme Upright, which may include the practice's corporate literature, brochures, presentation material, reception and exhibition displays, website and media campaign, together with full acknowledgement of the photographer. Potentially this could lead to other exciting photography commission opportunities with the firm in the future.

Keele University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nick Foskett, who presented the prizes, said:”It is fantastic to see so many pictures of such high quality. The standard is exceptional.”

Exhibition organiser, Marion Gidman, said: "The aim of the Three Counties Open Photography competition and exhibition is to give photographers from Cheshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire the opportunity to show their work to new audiences. This is the seventh exhibition at Keele for photographers in the region and the standard of entry is exceptionally high and will prove to be an outstanding attraction for gallery visitors. This exhibition is proving popular with photographers in the region and visitors to the gallery. The high standard of work reflects a wide range of styles and enthusiasm for the medium."