BEDFORD PARK FESTIVAL – PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION
Image above: Photograph of a winter walk through Chiswick House Gardens by Jennifer Griffiths, entered in ‘Chiswick Life’ category in 2022
Annual photography competition and exhibition
As part of the Bedford Park Festival, every year there is a photography competition, displayed in the Parish Hall of St Michael & All Angels Church, Bath Rd, W4 1TT over the first weekend of the festival. Since 2019 the entries have also been available to see on The Chiswick Calendar website.
The public votes for their favourite photographs in each of the categories (which vary slightly from year to year) and a professional photographer chooses the overall winner and two runners up.
These are the winning photographs from the past few years.
Images above: (Top L) 2019 winner – Portrait of Eha, the photographer’s mother, by Sirli Raitma; (Top R) 2020 winner – Dream by Martha Vine, who entered in the 16 and under category; (Bottom L) 2021 winner – Kearsney Abbey Gardens in Kent, by Ljubima Woods; (Bottom R) 2022 Winner – Bikers, by Ljubima Woods
Prizes to be won
As well as the glory of winning there are also prizes to be won. Snappy Snaps Chiswick sponsors the competition and provides vouchers for printing and framing for the overall winner and two runners up and the winners of each category.
If you would like to enter, sign up to The Chiswick Calendar’s weekly newsletter for information about this year’s competition, which we usually publish at the beginning of April.
The Chiswick Calendar runs the competition jointly with St Michael & All Angels Church. We charge a small amount to enter, and to vote on the winners, all of which goes to St Michael & All Angels and the charities it supports through the Bedford Park Festival and the Chiswick Book Festival.
Images above: (L) Stag, by Mark Lawson (Animals category); (R) Tulips, by Mando Mendolicchio (Landscapes and seascapes category)
See some of the entries from past competitions
All the entries for the competitions from 2019 onwards are still available to view on The Chiswick Calendar website.
Images above: 2023 overall winner by Steven Shotton
Winner’s photograph shown in an exhibition at the National Gallery
In 2019 Sirli Raitma’s portrait of her mother Eha went on to be shown at the National Portrait Gallery as part of the exhibition for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019.
Video above: 2017 competition
The Chiswick Calendar spoke to some of the entrants in the 2017 competition. Michael Nolan told us the competition served as an incentive for his photography group to compete work to a deadline.
“The photographs are of a really high standard. There’s a lot of talent in Chiswick,” he said.
Not all the photographs are the product of thoughtful planning. Teleri Jones, winner of the Animals category told us how she took her winning shot spontaneously, on her phone, quite by chance.
Video above: 2015 competition
What makes a good photograph?
“When somebody has a vision and they are able to convey that vision on a flat piece of paper, effectively.”
Simon Walker, photojournalist, our judge for the 2015 competition.
Image above: Fox’s fish supper on Chiswick High Rd; photograph Jon Perry
What makes an award-winning photograph?
Jon Perry is an amateur photographer who entered the Bedford Park Festival photography competition for many years. In 2016 he won an award in the British Wildlife Photography Awards.
His picture of a fox eating a takeaway in Chiswick High Rd was highly commended in the competition and shown in an exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London before going on tour around the country.
Jon told The Chiswick Calendar’s editor Bridget Osborne how he came across the fox and how he came to choose out of the whole series of shots he took, the image which was the winning shot.
Image above: Jon Perry talking about his fox picture, ‘highly commended’ in the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2016
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