Tuesday, 16 October 2012

And the winner is...

Last night we announced the winners of the Reflections photographic competition with a reception at the PanAm Bar and Restaurant. 

Danny Jackson took 1st prize with this image (right), called The Rope, which took just over 21% of the votes. Danny scored the highest number of the 4,800 online and text votes, beating off the 19 
other shortlisted photographers. 

He'll now see his image projected on the front of the Dock, and will receive a masterclass with the Open Eye Gallery, a print by celebrated photographer Bill Zygmant, a goody bag from Tate Liverpool and a Letterpool book. 

Second prize went to Graham Wilcock’s Reflected window – he wins a Mark McNulty Pop Cultured book, an Anthony Brown print and a Letterpool book.

Mark Sloutskiy's Uncertainty was voted the third most popular image.

Our judging panel of four drew up a shortlist of 20, which were put to the public vote via text messaging and the blog. They are:

• Bill Zygmant, the famous Fleet Street snapper, who captured some of rock and pop’s most iconic
images of the '60s and '70s, including stunning images of the Beatles. 

• Anthony Brown, Liverpool-born artist, whose mixed-media collection of 100 Heads and iconic waterfront images capture the essence of Liverpool, blending photographic and classic techniques.

• Mark McNulty, who has photographed legends of our time, with 25 years' experience of capturing pop culture.

• Eleanor Clayton, assistant curator at Tate Liverpool, who worked on the Turner Monet Twombly exhibition.

The winner of the mobile category, where most votes were cast over Facebook, was Rhys Gethin's Dock-ception.

Graeme Wilcock's 'Museum mirror'

Mark Sloutskiy's 'Uncertainty'
Rhys Gethin's 'Dock-ception'

Both judges and the Dock's tenants were impressed with the standard of entires, and impact of the competition. They said:

‘We had some really reflective and meaningful images. You have a lot of talent in Liverpool –
photographers who think before they shoot and have taken on board what the competition is
about. Some very impressive stuff…'
Bill Zygmant

'Gosh! I have to say the standard of the photographs was truly exceptional and it was not easy
task to pick my selection! I found myself viewing some as paintings and not photographs'
Anthony Brown

'The Albert Dock has got to be the easiest and hardest place in Liverpool to photograph. Easy as it's just so photogenic and, hard at the same time, as it's one of the most photographed sites in the city, so finding something new is always going to be a difficult task. As a professional who's photographed the Dock many times, I think I've covered all of the angles but judging this competition brought some great surprises and showed me that a new pair of eyes will often bring up something completely different.  Well done to all of the finalists.'
Mark McNulty

Jeremy Roberts, Chairman of the Albert Dock Tenants Association said:
'We are delighted to have supported Tate Liverpool with their exhibition ‘Reflections’ by running
this photography competition and have been staggered by the response. Congratulations to all the
winners and finalists and thanks to everyone who has taken part.'

Monday, 15 October 2012

We're counting...

Thanks for all of your votes - we've had over 3,000 of them, and we're busy counting them up and working out the winners at the moment. Our winners will be announced in a special prize-giving ceremony tonight, and we'll be posting all of the details on the website tomorrow (Tuesday), so don't forget to come back to check...

Friday, 14 September 2012

Vote for your favourite photo

Our four judges - photographers Bill Zygmant, Anthony Brown and Mark McNulty, and Tate assistant curator Eleanor Clayton - have chosen their favourite 20 from over 600 images, and now it's your turn to vote for your favourite. Just scroll through the top 20 (below) and then vote for your favourite in the box on the right. You can see all of the shortlisted images at venues around the Albert Dock, where they'll be displayed until October 15, when we announce our winner...
Photo A: Colour wheel (Brian CD Fisher)
Photo B: Albert Dock abstract (Janet Jamieson)
Photo C: Double vision (Anthony Bradshaw)
Photo D: Circular reflections (Charlotte Tucker)
Photo E: Moody dock (Steev McAlister)
Photo F: The wheel and the clipper - new meets old (Kevin Newbold)
Image G: Almost night (Reiner Veith)
Photo H: Dock reflected in the dock (Matt Hart)
Photo I: Canning reflections (Ian Newton)
Photo J: Dock Road (Mick Ryan)
Photo K: The rope (Danny Jackson)
Photo L: Reflection of another kind (Vanessa Huennemeyer)
Photo M: Sunny Albert Dock (Ray Grover)
Photo N: In the spirit of Turner, Monet, Twombly (Maïthé Thouvard)
Photo O: Reflected window (Graeme Wilcock)
Photo P: Brocklebank reflecting in the Albert Dock (Brian Mason)
Photo Q: Uncertainty (Mark Sloutskiy)
Photo R: Museum mirror (Dave Firth)

Photo S: Riverside walkway in winter (Ross Butler)

Photo T: Tate late (Carolina Rolo)

Monday, 3 September 2012

Thank you for coming to have a look...

The Reflections competition has closed now, and we have had nearly 600 diverse entries, in turns colourful, dramatic, moody, playful, wistful, abstract and iconic. We are just about to kick off the judging process, where our judges will select 20 images in both the mobile and the main categories, before the public chooses its favourite. 

Our main competition entries will be displayed in venues around the Dock, including Gusto, Blue Bar, Revolution, Vinea, Pan Am and What's Cooking?, from mid-September, for you to come down and have a look and choose your favourite. Voting will be available on the blog and by text and email, with the grand winner projected onto the front of the dock this winter. And mobile images will be displayed on our Facebook page, and you will be able to vote by email.

Keep an eye on the blog and our Facebook page (The Albert Dock) for more information about the exhibition, shortlist and winners. We will keep you updated...

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