Eyewitness Photography Competition Winners Announced

September 14, 2011 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions | 0 Comments |
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The winners of the Eyewitness Photography Competition, launched by Metroprint in partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts, have been announced. The competition, hosted by Metroprint, Metro Imaging’s new online print service, coincided with the Royal Academy’s exhibition: Eyewitness: Hungarian Photography in the 20th Century - Brassaï, Capa, Kertész, Moholy-Nagy, Munkácsi. The overall winner is “Boy in the Water” by David Gould (above), which depicts a young boy wading across the Yumana River, as seen from a railway bridge.

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Metro & Royal Academy of Arts announce the winners of Eyewitness Photography Competition

The winners of the Eyewitness Photography Competition, launched by Metroprint in partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts, have been announced.

The competition, hosted by Metroprint, Metro Imaging’s new online print service, coincided with the Royal Academy’s exhibition: Eyewitness: Hungarian Photography in the 20th Century - Brassaï, Capa, Kertész, Moholy-Nagy, Munkácsi.

The competition was designed to encourage budding photographers to upload and share their images based on four separate categories: Street, Portrait, Fashion and Abstract photography. Each category was based upon an individual photographer from the Royal Academy’s exhibition: Brassaï for his classic portraits, Capa for street photography, Moholy-Nagy for abstract photography and Pécsi and Munkácsi for fashion photography The competition, which launched in July and was open to entries for 6 weeks, has received great levels of interest and a magnificent response of 5560 submissions.

The competition was judged by leading figures in the fields of Photography and Journalism: Colin Ford CBE – Curator of Eyewitness exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, Laurence Earle - Executive Editor of the Independent on Sunday, Diane Smyth, Deputy Editor, British Journal of Photography and Steve Macleod – Creative Director of Metro Imaging.

“It has been a delight to be involved with the RA Eyewitness competition. With such a high quality of submissions and with more than 5500 entries, it has been a tough decision. However, the panel feel the winning images best represent their categories and are contemporary pictures which remain true to the styles of the Hungarian photographers’
Colin Ford

The winning image will be published in The Independent on Sunday’s New Review magazine on 18th September 2011, together with The Independent, British Journal of Photography and Royal Academy of Arts websites. The winner will also receive a Supersized photographic print of their winning image from METROPRINT, a £250 voucher from Calumet and the new Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1. Category winners will receive a portfolio of 12 genuine black and white resin coated or colour C Type photographic prints, courtesy of METROPRINT and an Olympus SZ-30MR Eyewitness: Hungarian Photography in the 20th Century - Brassaï, Capa, Kertész, Moholy-Nagy, Munkácsi at the Royal Academy of Arts runs until 2nd October

Category Winners

Overall Winner (from Abstract Category) – Boy in the water © Davidmagould.com
A young boy wades across the Yumana River.

“I was on a railway bridge and noticed below a boy in the water and he was standing, then started to move. I leant over the railings of the bridge, scrambling with the camera to get the shot, as the look of the rippling water was amazing, like the rings of a tree. Almost the circle of life, emitting out from this little boy and surreal.” – David Gould

Abstract – City © Adrian Murphy
Architectural detail of a City of London building, taken in April 2009

Portrait – Bryony Bodimeade © James William Murray
This is a portrait of artist and musician Bryony Bodimeade, taken in her flat in Camberwell, South-East London. “Bryony is the kindest person I know, she has a booming laugh that infects everyone around her. She is more than just my dear friend and colleague, she is my moral compass.”- James William Murray

Street - Mirocosm of Life © Sefton Samuels
“This image was taken 20 years ago in Madeira at 5 o’clock in the afternoon. It was shot using a Rolleicord twin lens reflex so I could look down on the screen and be almost unnoticed and not have to point the camera directly at people. The original was a 2 1/4” sq. black & white negative.” – Sefton Samuels

Fashion - Beth 02 © Aaron Levi Simic
“This image was inspired by Tarkovsky’s film Stalker, which raises questions about humanity, as part of my degree in Ba (Hons) Fashion Photography at London College of Fashion. It was photographed using 5x4 polaroid.” – Aaron Levi Simic



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