Image above: Winning photograph by Steve Shotton
And the winner is …
This is the winning photograph in the 2023 Bedford Park Festival Photography competition, which took place over the weekend. Steven Shotton’s lovely picture of these two cranes in the snow was chosen as the overall winner by judge Anna Kunst. It was also voted best in the Animals category by the public.
Anna, who is herself a professional photographer, said the picture stood out both creatively and technically.
“It’s elegant, atmospheric and just caught the moment of the two birds dancing. He must have crouched down really low and taken the time to capture the moment.”
These are the category winners:
Winner Stephen Nutt
Winner Steve Shotton
The Natural World
Winner Jennifer Griffiths
Landscapes and Seascapes
Winner Nigel Spanton
The Built Environment
Winner Mark Lawson
Winner Jennifer Griffiths
Portraits and People
Winner Michele Kalish
Through Our Eyes (Under 12’s)
Winner Mathilde Servais-Haigh
What the judge was looking for
The photographs were on show in the parish hall of St Michael & All Angels Church over the Green Days weekend (Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June), marking the start of the Bedford Park Festival. The public voted for the winner of each of the seven categories while Anna chose the overall winner. The competition and exhibition were sponsored by Snappy Snaps and The Chiswick Calendar.
“It’s so nice to see the photographs in print” said Anna. “I always think they are not really photographs unless they’ve been printed.
“I was looking for composition, colour, sharpness and accuracy, but pictures also have to tell a story. They have to engage the emotions. The lighting is really important too.”
Win Mensah-Larbie, the organiser of the exhibition for St Michael & All Angels Church, said she had enjoyed putting the exhibition together.
“There was such variety and quality in the entries. It was really interesting, and fun.”
Each of the category winners receives a £50 voucher for printing and framing from Snappy Snaps Chiswick. The overall winner also receives a voucher for £250. You can see all the entries online here on The Chiswick Calendar.
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See also: Bedford Park Festival Green Days 2023
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