The cameras of Chelmsford have been busy this summer! On 31 August, Chelmsford City Council’s City Photography Competition 2017 closed after three months of entries celebrating the city and surrounding villages.
Now in its third year, the competition invites amateur photographers from all over the area to enter their photographs. The winning entries were chosen by a panel of judges including the Mayor and Mayoress of Chelmsford, Caroline MacQueen; Manager of Bond Street the competition sponsors and local, professional photographer John Byers who provided an expert critique of each photograph which helped the judges make their decision.
Judges whittled the 100 entries down to 40 photographs and invited the owners of these to a special awards evening on Monday 25 September at Chelmsford Museum attended by the Mayor and Mayoress, Neil Ridley of Aquila Holdings and Caroline MacQueen. An expert critique of all of the top 40 photographs was provided by John Byers and the awards and prizes were presented.
Ian Woolway’s photo, entitled ‘Street Musician’ won the Arts & Culture category, while Mark Caldon came top in the Chelmsford After Dark category with a stunning snap entitled ‘Reflections on Chelmsford’. Judges selected ‘Street Entertainer’ by Ian Woolway from a host of fun entries in the Chelmsford At Play category.
This year, the competition also included an all-new category for under-16’s only: My Chelmsford. Judges were extremely impressed with the quality of submissions in this category, but the winner, Myles Turburville (aged 7) topped them all with his photo entitled the ‘Slide’.
From all these brilliant photographers, Mark Caldon was selected as the overall winner.
Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Duncan Lumley, said “Once again the standard of entries was extremely high and the decisions were difficult but we did eventually reach an agreement. We had over 100 entries this year; we even had an entry from Islamabad which was obviously not taken in the City of Chelmsford, so not quite in compliance with the competition’s terms & conditions!”
The photographs will be on display at Chelmsford Museum until Monday 9 October and then displayed in Bond Street until Friday 20 October.
Wednesday 27 September 2017