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Saffery Champness announce finalists in 150th anniversary photographic competition - Four finalists rewarded with a Research Residency fee of £2500

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Saffery Champness, chartered accountants and business advisors, have announced the finalists in their national photographic competition, launched as part of the commemoration of their 150th year in 2005.

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 Campbell, aged 31, discovered his love of photography ten years ago and it has engaged him ever since. A freelance photographer, his work ranges from portrait work to music and architectural photography. He was attracted to the Saffery Champness competition by the challenge of bringing together two very different professions; photography and accountancy.

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 announce finalists in 150th anniversary photographic competition

“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 Treen, aged 55, has a background in art and design. She worked as a jeweller and teacher for over 30 years as well as a designer of scarves and ties, incorporating photography into the design process. With her focus now on photography full-time, she was immediately attracted to the Saffery Champness 150th competition.

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.”

Saffery Champness announce finalists in 150th anniversary photographic competition

South, South West and Channel Islands
David Yeo, aged 20, graduated with a degree in photography from Filton College and has won several awards for his photography. His work includes advertising, fashion, portraiture and landscape photography. He was attracted by the Saffery Champness 150th anniversary competition as it allows him to explore new avenues for his photography.

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.”

Saffery Champness announce finalists in 150th anniversary photographic competition

London and South East
Nicholas Harries, aged 39, trained as a civil engineer but his passion for visual arts encouraged him to switch his focus to photography. After completing a degree in photography at the Arts Institute at Bournemouth, he established himself as a freelance photographer.

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.”

Saffery Champness announce finalists in 150th anniversary photographic competition

For further information on the competition please visit www.fotonet-south.org.uk

 

 


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