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Saffery Champness announce finalists in 150th anniversary photographic competition - Four finalists rewarded with a Research Residency fee of £2500
Qualified photographers with at least one year’s experience were invited to send in five high quality photographs on any theme that reflect their skills and ability in a versatile and original way.
The chosen individuals have been rewarded with a Research Residency fee of £2500, to produce twenty images for a national exhibition, that reflect and capture dimensions of Saffery Champness’s 150 years of ‘proven quality’, identified as: insight, clarity, innovation, consistency, commitment, teamwork and integrity.
The four finalists are
Scotland and Northern Ireland - Iain Campbell, Edinburgh
North, Midlands & Wales - Gunilla Treen, North Oxfordshire
South, South West and Channel Islands - David Yeo, Bristol
London and South East - Nicholas Harries, Surrey
The final selection of photographs will be used in an original exhibition to be shown at the firm’s anniversary events throughout 2005 and an overall winner will be awarded a special prize of £1000.
The four finalists were selected by an expert panel of judges, comprising internationally recognised individuals from the photographic and arts world including Zelda Cheatle, gallery owner; Chris Boot, photography publisher and Susie Medley of Fotonet South.*
Comments Clive Nicholson, Chairman of the panel and partner of Saffery Champness: “The overall quality of entries was extremely high, but the four finalists’ photographs display a creative and innovative quality that reflects the spirit of this competition. We are looking forward to viewing the final images from each finalist which will incorporate the dimensions of the proven quality theme.
“Our 150th Anniversary is a prestigious milestone for the firm and a chance for us to thank our clients and staff, reflect on past achievements and look to future success. The photographic competition is an original and creative means for us to involve the wider community in our celebration, while supporting aspiring and talented photographic artists in establishing their careers, particular those just emerging into the profession.”
The four finalists
Scotland and Northern Ireland
Iain says: “The Saffery Champness competition is an exciting project as it enables me to think creatively about the firm itself and try and reflect its proven qualities in a series of photographs. The brief is quite subjective so trying to reflect dimensions such as ‘commitment’ and ‘integrity’ in a visual manner is quite a challenge.”
“Saffery Champness are celebrating their 150th anniversary next year and I plan to reflect both the past, present and future in my entries.”
North, Midlands & Wales
Gunilla comments: “I am very pleased to have been selected as a finalist in this competition. Photography is my passion. My inspiration comes from everything I see around me, especially my local landscape and immediate domestic surroundings. Although the Saffery Champness ‘proven quality’ theme presents a strict brief, there is considerable freedom to visualise the seven chosen dimensions in a personal and creative manner. I am looking forward to compiling my final images which will incorporate still-life and landscape.”
South, South West and Channel Islands
David says: “Being the South West finalist for this award has given me the chance to progress my photography to a new level, to explore new ideas and new fields. For my final images, I plan to take comparative landscape shots of London and Bristol. Both have a fascinating and long history; a theme that has great synergy with the Saffery Champness anniversary.”
London and South East
Nicholas says: “I am very pleased to have been chosen as the London and South East finalist in this competition. I aim to apply a contemporary documentary style to the final images, using landscape, interior and portraiture to reflect the history and culture of the firm and its clients. The Saffery Champness project is an interesting challenge to bring a creative aspect to, whilst illustrating the ‘proven quality’ theme, particularly approaching it in a documentary manner.”
For further information on the competition please visit www.fotonet-south.org.uk