By Chris Walker
In our last edition we featured news of a new local photography competition. Now the Clerkenwell Community Photography Competition is up and running and has already attracted some great entries, a few of which are featured here.
Aimed at everyone from schoolchildren with camera phones, to older people with point-and shoot cameras and pros with all the kit, the initiative is intended to let people share what Clerkenwell means to them.
The inclusive, non-profit competition will be free to enter and will have four age groups: under 18s, 18-29, 30-65, and over 65s. “It’s deliberately weighted to make sure there’s plenty of opportunity for those at the younger and older ends of the community,” says Chris Walker, the initiative’s creator. “Younger photographers are encouraged to take part and we’re keen to attract entries from older locals. Some may not be as familiar with technology, but they’ll be very familiar with the area, and may bring a different perspective”.
There are some small cash prizes of £50 for the winners of each age category, but also chances for some to get an introduction to the professional photography world – from individual advice and portfolio reviews, to a mentoring programme and the chance to spend a day on a professional photography shoot. To make the competition as easy as possible to enter, the theme is completely open – as long as the pictures are taken in Clerkenwell or EC1. There is also a special £100 prize for the image that best captures the phrase ‘Connected Community’. This is based, says Sara Bloch of The Peel, on its “mission for more than 100 years to make Clerkenwell a more connected community.”
Clerkenwell has a great photography heritage. Kodak’s factory and storefront once sat at 41–43 Clerkenwell Road and many commercial photographers have set up their studios here. The world famous Magnum Photos are in Clerkenwell, as is Metro Imaging – both of whom are involved with the project. As part of our partnership with Metro Imaging, based on Great Sutton Street, we are offering a 12 month bespoke mentorship as part of Metro’s long established mentorship programme.
The competition is being supported by The Peel and EC1 Echo alongside some great sponsors and highly recognised judges. “The competition runs until July,” says Chris. “The best way to keep up-to-date is to keep visiting the website. Sign up to the Newsletter, which will include news of spot prizes, special offers, tips and online talks from professionals”
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