Bedford Park Festival

Photography Competition 2024

Image above: 2024 winning photograph by Karl Benzie

Bedford Park Festival Photography Competition 2024 – and the winner is …

The winning photograph in the 2024 Bedford Park Festival Photography competition is this black and white picture of George, a rough sleeper in Putney, by Karl Benzie.

Karl, who works in Wimbledon, passes him almost every day.

“He always smiles,” Karl told The Chiswick Calendar. “I’ve talked to him on and off. He had some sort of falling out with his parents, and then they died. He actually owns a house in Wimbledon but doesn’t want to live there because of the bad feeling there was between them.”

Karl works as a warehouseman and has only recently taken his interest in photography more seriously.

“I’ve always liked taking photographs. Last year I went to college and studied photography at night school, at Richmond adult education college. I’m over the moon to have won, really chuffed.”

His photograph was chosen out of 87 entries by professional photographer Clive Arrowsmith, who lives locally and is best known for his music and celebrity images, which include Sir Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, George Harrison, Art Garfunkel, Def Leppard, Prince Charles, Michael Caine and Damien Hirst among many others.

Images: John Fitzgerald with Karl Benzie; Karl with his photograph; competition organiser Win Mensah Larbie with John Fitzgerald of Snappy Snaps and Bridget Osborne, editor of The Chiswick Calendar

Karl won a copy of Clive’s book Arrowsmith, Fashion, Beauty and Portraits, and a £250 voucher for printing and framing from Snappy Snaps Chiswick.

John Fitzgerald, who runs Snappy Snaps, presented him with his prizes, and the winners in the seven categories chosen by a public vote each with a voucher for £50. The competition is sponsored by Snappy Snaps, Chiswick Auctions and The Chiswick Calendar.

The competition takes place every year as part of the Bedford Park Festival and the photographs are displayed in St Michael & All Angels Church, Bath Rd, W4 1TT. Since 2019 the photographs have also been shown on The Chiswick Calendar website.

See below the winners in each category and all the entries in each category.

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See also: Green Days 2024, Bedford Park Festival, Chiswick

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