Long gone are the days when photography was largely the preserve of adults with expensive film cameras and dark room facilities. Photography moved into the Digital Age with the introduction of Digital SLR’s and then moved a step further with the introduction of good quality cameras built in to mobile phones. And today, many school children carry their own smartphones and imaginatively and spontaneously capture impressive images.
This was reflected in the results of the MHFGA Photographic Competition where three of the four awards were won by teenagers. The first and second prizes went to pupils of Fortismere School with images created on their iPhones.
The winner, Cameron Wells, was the unanimous choice of local professional photographers Zoe Norfolk and Matt Humphrey, two of the three judges, who were captivated by the ethereal and impressionistic “Football in the Fog at Fortismere”. It captured the fog’s battle with the sun beautifully, and the matchstick figures were positively Lowreyesque.
Tony Wells, a Committee Member and the third judge, was most impressed with the work of Hannah Beskine, who submitted three entries of reflections on water. All made his personal shortlist and “Reflections Fortismere School” was a very worthy runner-up.
Chairman John Hajdu said: “ I am delighted to announce the results of our photo competition and would like to thank our judges and in particular committee member Tony Wells who coordinated the competition and was one of the judges. We had a large number of entries and the judges had a really difficult job choosing the winners. It is very exciting to note that out of the eight shortlisted entries, three were teenagers.
“The first prize was £30, the second £20, the third £15 and the fourth £10.
“Our Association has in the past organised many competitions, but this was certainly the most rewarding and satisfying. Our congratulations go to all the winners and commiserations to those who entered but did not win on this occasion.”