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Published on : Friday, November 15, 2013
Hundreds of photographers from all over the UK and beyond descended on Bristol in October to record a day in the life of the city. Amateur and professional photographers from Oxford, Newcastle, London, Yorkshire, Wales and beyond, including Bristol’s twinned city of Hannover in Germany photographed life in Bristol during a 24 hour period for Art Ventures’ exciting new format photographic competition.
Nearly 1,000 stunning photographs of Bristol were entered into the competition, featuring people, buildings and an incredible variety of scenes across the city, using techniques such as time-lapse photography, ‘painting with light’, multiple exposure images, street photography, portraits, landscapes and abstract effects.
The judges have now chosen their three favourite images taken in each hour of the competition, whittling over 950 entries down to just 72 finalists. Competition judges include the Director General of the Royal Photographic Society, the Group Picture Editor of Bristol News & Media, the Amateur Photography magazine editorial team, international portrait photographer Annabel Williams and the Head of Destination Bristol.
The final 72 prize-winning photographs will be exhibited in a free exhibition at the Guildhall Arts Centre in Small Street, Bristol, BS1 1DW, from Saturday 16th November.
The private view and prize-giving will take place at The Guildhall Arts Centre on Friday 15th November. All of the photographers who entered the competition have been invited, along with some of the subjects of the shortlisted photographs, and the overall top three competition winners will be announced on the evening, with the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Cllr Faruk Choudhury, presenting the prizes.
1st prize, valued at £3,000, includes a top of the range Olympus E-PL5 VF4 camera kit. 2nd prize is £1,000 including a £500 London Camera Exchange voucher, and 3rd prize is £500 sponsored by City Sightseeing Bristol. Destination Bristol will feature their favourite photos on the cover of the 2014 Visitors and Venues Guides and there will also be prizes for the best three photographs taken in each hour of the competition.
There are some extraordinary stories connected to some of the images taken during the 24 hour period, including a couple of German photographers who probably saved the life of a man who fell into the River Avon during the early hours of the morning, a Bristol photographer who managed to keep snapping for the entire 24 hours of the competition and some wonderful stories behind some of the portraits entered into this unique photographic competition including an 80 year old man in a cardboard hat who loves clubbing and a Tibetan refugee who fell in love in Bristol and found sanctuary in the city.
Source:- Visit Bristol