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.'

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