Shropshire photographer wins Open Photography competition at Keele

Posted on 14 March 2012

A Shropshire photographer, Danny Beath, has won the first prize at the Keele University Three Counties Open Photography Competition 2012.

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.

Photographers entered more than 270 photographs for the Open Photography Exhibition, which provides a showcase for their work and runs until 29 March.  The winning entries and 128 works included in the exhibition were selected by a panel of judges.

The prize winners were: First Prize of £300: Danny Beath, of Shrewsbury, for his photograph, ‘The Welsh Marches’; Second Prize of £100: Andrew Dobson, of Keele, ‘Libertad’; Third Prize of £50: Tony Kinder, from Staffordshire, ‘Leaps and Bounds’.

Highly Commended: Danny Beath, for ‘Guggenheim Museum’;  Alison Bruce-Stone, Staffordshire, ‘Winter Wonderland’; Richard Bryant, Staffordshire, ‘Male Siskin’ and Anna Warrington, Stafford, ‘Serenity’.

The Student Prize of £150 was won by William Wong for “A Traditional Perspective of the Contemporary”.

The Focal Point Prize of £250, sponsored by architects and town planners, Hulme Upright Manning of Stoke-on-Trent, was won by Norman Raine, Staffordshire, for ‘Office’. The Art Studio Prize was won by Patrick Cleeve, Staffordshire, for ‘Bosley Reservoir’.

Keele University Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Pat Bailey, who presented the prizes, said:”There is a wonderful range of photographs of the highest quality featured in this exhibition. 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."