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Wex Photographer Of The Year 2020 #WexMonday Exhibition

The Wex 'Photographer of the Year 2020' awards evening kicked off with the Wex London exhibition of 47 winning images, now being displayed in the London store and Stuart Fawcett went along for ePHOTOzine to find out more and to meet some of the photographers involved.

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Wex Photographer Of The Year 2020 #WexMonday Exhibition: © Andi Campbell

© Andi Campbell

 

Wex Photo Video has been sponsoring the #WexMonday weekly competition for over 6 years now, the idea is that on a Monday, anyone can upload one image, taken in the last 7 days, to Twitter tagging @wextweets and using the hashtag #WexMondays. Then Every week, one winner, two runners-up and seven others are shortlisted by the Wex Photo Video judging panel based on technique and creativity. The allocated points are added up throughout the year and this year's competition has just started so if you have just taken an amazing shot and want to enter on Monday, then you have a very good chance of winning either one week or perhaps the whole year.

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Wex Photographer Of The Year 2020 #WexMonday Exhibition: #WexMonday Winners

Left above: Andi Campbell receiving his first-place accolade from both Wex CEO Louis Wahl and Wex Marketing Director Paul Wareham. Right above: Dave Fieldhouse receiving his third-place award. 

 

The overall winner this year was Andi Campbell from Devon while Dan Portch from Kent, who was last year's winner, took second place. Dave Fieldhouse from Staffordshire won third place. All of these winners had also won 3 or 4 of the weekly competitions.

 

Wex Photographer Of The Year 2020 #WexMonday Exhibition: #WexMonday weekly competition

 

Each weekly winner is in the exhibition, either downstairs in the shop floor gallery space or upstairs in the Wex training and events mezzanine level. There are 47 images to see and almost all are powerful, strong clean images that each have individual impact. Overall, this year's winners mostly have a moody dark feel to them. If you can‘t physically visit remember the @WexTweets account will list all the entrants for you to see.

 

Wex Photographer Of The Year 2020 #WexMonday Exhibition: Simon Wilson in front of his amazing reflective image

 

Many of the weekly winners and other photographers were also at the event including Simon Wilson (seen above in front of his amazing reflective image). What is really interesting is that over 1500 images were submitted from all kinds of people and many have regular main jobs outside of their photography. Also, it was interesting talking to full-time photographers who said they now find themselves needing to be 'capable all-rounders' with their photography skills to have a full-time photography career.

 

Wex Photographer Of The Year 2020 #WexMonday Exhibition: 2020 winners Andi Campbell and David Fieldhouse proudly flank Andrew Yu

The 2020 award-winners Andi Campbell and David Fieldhouse proudly flank Andrew Yu, Commercial Director of Kase filters. Both seemed very happy with the effects they got with the magnetic Lee filter system alternative.

 

We all shared common ground in IT and technology as well as photography and they were are all so welcoming. It was almost like meeting old friends, they are great to talk to if ever you get on one of their training courses.

When you next take a photo you love think #WexMondays and then upload it on the very next Monday as you never know, you might be a winner! For more details, visit the Wex Photo Video website. 

To learn more about the exhibition, which runs until 31 January 2020 at the Wex Photo Video store on Commercial Road in London, visit the #WexMondays website.

Words and photos (of photos) by Stuart Fawcett (JackallTog) unless stated otherwise.

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