Three Counties Photography Competition Winners 2010
Photographers from Cheshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire have been 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 nearly 297 photographs for the Open Photography Exhibition, which provides a showcase for their work and runs until 24 March. The winning entries and 131 works included in the exhibition were selected by the judges, Professor Peter Styles, Keele University, John Rhodes, Art Partnership, and Dr Mike Maloney, FRPS, FBIPP, former Chief Photographer, Mirror Group of Newspapers Awards.
The prize winners were: First Prize of £300: Noel Bennett, of Stone, for his photograph, ‘Genesis’; Second Prize of £100: Danny Beath of Shrewsbury, 'Children in the Mist'; Third Prize of £50: Sally Ann Longstaff, from Great Bridgeford, 'Puffin (Frercula Artica)'.
Highly Commended: Tony Kinder, Blythe Bridge, ‘Orange Tip on Garlic’; Chris Lees, Cheadle, ‘Green Eyes”; Sheila Pitt, Eaton Park, ‘Window Dressing' and Anna Warrington, Slindon, Stafford, ‘Beautiful Light’.
A special category, The “My Stoke-on-Trent” award, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the federation of the six towns of Stoke-on-Trent and invited entries that illustrate what the city, its people, the landscape and its heritage mean to the photographer, was won by Jon Brayford, of Stoke-on-Trent, for his picture “My Stoke-on-Trent’ .
The Student Prize of £150 was won by Sarah Bostock, a Newcastle College student from Bucknall, for “Doll 2”.
The Focal Point Prize of £250, offered by the competition sponsors, Hulme Upright Manning, was won by John Royle, of Willaston, Nantwich, for ‘Passing The Time’. 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 Pro Vice-Chancellor, Kevin Mattinson, who presented the prizes and is pictured with the winner, said: ”It is fantastic to see so many pictures of such high quality. The standard is exceptional and it has been extremely difficult for the judges to select those in the exhibition and the prize winners.”
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."