Congratulations to Samantha Connolly, 2nd Runner Up with her image ‘Only Passing Through’.
Samantha Connolly is an amateur photographer originally from Glasgow, United Kingdom and is now living in London, United Kingdom. Her passion is reportage and portraiture. She has been nominated and commended in several international awards including the Sony World Photography Awards and the Photography Masters Cup.
Congratulations to Matthew Pritchard, 1st Runner Up with his image ‘Homeward Bound’.
When I first saw this structure, I thought it would make an interesting shot but the light wasn’t quite right. I returned about an hour later. I approached from the front and this man was bathing in beautiful golden light. I hurried around to the back to capture the shadow.
Matthew Pritchard has been carrying a camera around with him since the early days of digital. While he still shoots digital, he has recently discovered analogue and develops his own black and white images.
Congratulations to Daniel Bradley, our Best in Show Winner 2018.
Daniel Bradley is a photography graduate who focuses his work on using lighting in the streets to produce impacting and powerful images that form an atmosphere for the viewer.
Taken Canary Wharf, the image looks to express the loneliness and isolation we can feel. It shows how even in a vastly populated area surrounded by people we can still feel alone and in the dark.
Denitsa Popova is 27 years old from Burgas, Bulgaria . She lives by the sea, which has always been her inspiration. Тhat’s why it’s present on most of her photos. She connects photography with the unexplained feeling that she feels only when she’s taking pictures.
It’s been some time now since I have been part of the fantastic London Photo Festival, but my memories of it are still quite vivid. I heard about the LPF from one of my teachers at University in Germany, where I used to study for a Teacher’s degree in Fine Art at that time. Since I was planning to spend a semester abroad in London anyway and now found out there would be a chance to exhibit my work, I didn’t hesitate a second and booked my space.
So finally the big day of the private view came and I remember walking around the exhibition thinking “damn, there are some really good photographer’s in this show, who really know how to use their camera.” A little bit embarrassed about my own photo I tried to look at the positive sides, like that I got to meet a lot of interesting people and generally the whole experience of exhibition practice was very helpful. So, as I was in company of nice people and good wine, you can imagine how I surprised I was, when suddenly my name was called out for “Best in Show”.
I didn’t expect it at all I can’t emphasize this enough!) and I think it actually took me a few days to realize everything. Also the fact that my picture got sold straight from the show seemed very unreal at first. It was all too good. I’m still in touch with the collector who bought my piece and it’s such a nice thing to know my photo is now hanging miles away in somebody else’s living room.
Still, what was even more important to me – That night, after winning the award, my boosted ego decided to take my career as an artist seriously, quite my studies in Germany, stay in London and finish my Fine Art degree here. Looking back, there isn’t much to say other than: It has been the best decision I’ve ever made. After two wonderful years full of art, putting up and taking down many more shows and finally graduating from Uni, I am know back in Germany, Berlin dividing my time between working for a gallery and concentrating on my own art work.
Nothing left to say than life is good. In fact, it’s great and I really have to thank everyone from the LPF, without whom all this might have never happened.
We teamed up with WPF Therapy to run a competition to help them adorn their walls with great art. Congratulations to the following 12 photographers who have made the penultimate round, with the final winning images being selected on 8 March. Good luck everyone!
Iu Chung Hong
Judy Vere Parkinson