A free photography exhibition showcasing local photographers’ interpretation of heritage in Norwich will be at The Forum from Monday 5 March to Thursday 15 March 2012. It is the first chance to see all thirty winning and shortlisted photographs from last year’s photography competition run by Norwich Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART).
The competition was launched to celebrate the city’s outstanding heritage and showcase inspiring photographic talent. It is the fourth annual photography competition run by HEART and over 420 entries were received. This year’s competition follows the success of HEART’s photography competitions on the Norwich 12 buildings, medieval churches and ‘My Heritage, My Norwich’ in the last three years.
Entries had to reflect the photographer’s own interpretation of heritage in Norwich and the judges looked at photographic content and composition; originality and creativity; the story-telling quality of the image and how it relates to ‘Alternative Angles: A new perspective on Norwich’s heritage’.
The exhibition will present the two overall winners: Alan Bennett, who won the over 25s category with his photo ‘Boating Pond at Eaton Park’ and Rebecca Croucher who won the under 25s category with her photo of a tree near Cow Tower called ‘Angle of Mystery’. In addition to the winning photographers, visitors to the exhibition will also be able to see photography from the runners up and other short listed entries.
Lindsey Roffe, Partnership Manager at Norwich HEART said: “This year’s exhibition presents some very interesting and creative angles on heritage in Norwich from photographers of all ages and abilities. The competition continues to grow year on year, from 280 entries in 2010 to 420 in 2011, it is fantastic that so many people want to engage and share their interpretation on local heritage through photography. The exhibition is free and on for ten days so we hope plenty of people will come along to The Forum to enjoy the exhibition.”
The competition ran from September to November 2011. The two overall winners have won a £150 Chapelfield Gift Card, kindly donated by Chapelfield Shopping Centre, a trophy, a heritage goodie bag, and tickets to the launch event of the exhibition.
The judging panel comprised Sonya Duncan, photographer for Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News; Mark Bullimore, Chief Photographer East Anglian Picture Service; and Michael Loveday, Chief Executive at Norwich HEART.
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Notes to editors
The winners are happy to speak to the media. For more information, the winning images and interviews with the winners please contact Lindsey Roffe, Partnership Manager at Norwich HEART on 01603 599579 / email firstname.lastname@example.org or Janet Robertson, Communications Officer on 01603 599578 / email email@example.com
About Norwich HEART
Norwich Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART) is a private, charitable trust set up to act as an umbrella organisation for all of the heritage on offer in Norwich and to be a best practice exemplar internationally for heritage as a social and economic regeneration vehicle. HEART receives core funding from Norwich City Council and further project funding from a variety of sources which has to date included the European Union, HM Treasury, the East of England Development Agency and Norfolk County Council.
About HEART’s previous photography competitions
In 2008 HEART ran a photography competition around the Norwich 12 buildings, with Steve Denby as the winner, and this was followed in 2009 with a competition about the city’s medieval churches, with Julia Cameron as the winner. In 2010, the theme of My Heritage My Norwich resulted in two winners Alan Bennett (over 25s category) and Maisie East (under 25s category). Winning and shortlisted images from these competitions have been displayed in exhibitions in The Forum, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse and at St Gregory’s Art Centre. Winning images from the Norwich 12 competition were made into a postcard collection and many winning and shortlisted images from the 2009 competition are published in HEART’s book “The Medieval Churches of the City of Norwich”, both on sale across the city now.
The shortlisted and wining images from 2010 can be seen on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/norwich_heart.