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Winners Announced at the London Photo Festival's May Festival

London Photo Festival - Mark Heathcote, Best in Show

BEST in Show (top image) and runners up were announced at the 6th London Photo Festival on Wednesday night. Colin O’Brien was this May’s judge and the theme was ‘street photography’:

“I spent a most enjoyable evening judging the entries at the 6th London Photo Festival held at The Crypt Borough High Street.

“The exhibition was of a very high standard, picking the best three entries was a difficult task. Eventually I made my final decision on 1st, 2nd & 3rd in the show along with some honourable mentions.

“The picture that really stood out for me was Spotted on the underground, by Mark Heathcote. The image shows a lonely figure sitting on what seems to be an empty underground carriage. What makes the picture is the juxtaposition of a red circular notice on the carriage window that completely covers the persons face making them look like some alien being travelling around the Circle Line.

“My second choice was by Samantha Edgely and entitled Between the lines. It is a black & white portrait taken at night of a woman reading a book with what looks like the National Gallery in the background. The mystery is what is the book, a diary, a novel, a guide to London, we the viewer are given no clue, so it up to us to speculate and make our own interpretation of this atmospheric image.

“My third choice was another black and white picture of a couple greeting each other outside what looks like a West End Theatre. The theatre bill board shows a couple embracing as they advertise Noel Coward’s play Private Lives. The tile of the picture by Francesco Marchetti is of course Private Lives.”

Colin O’Brien’s honourable mentions were: Magazine by Sharon Jenkins, Chiara Gerevasi’s Inner Fight and Sue Roche’s The Crossing.

Samantha Edgely, Between the lines

Mark Heathcote commented:

“I have attended the two previous Festivals and have been consistently impressed with the quality of the submissions and the opportunity given to emerging photographers to showcase their work in such an incredible venue. This festival is a must see for anyone interested in photography, and being a part of the 2014 festival gave me great pride; winning first place was unexpected and a great honour, especially since this was my first exhibition. Thank you to all the organisers for giving myself and everyone else the opportunity to showcase their work. I very much look forward to the next one.”

The public also had their say by voting in the Festival’s hotly contested f/Factor completion and the winner was Roza Vulf with Untitled – Paris. Kelly Drake-Tapscott Time Out was second and joint third place went to Sue Roche with Crossing and Vincent Kraft with Welcome in Hell.

Emma Mapp and Kit Shah, Co-founders of the London Photo Festival, said: “We created the London Photo Festival in 2011 to showcase up and coming talent and to provide new and emerging photographers with an opportunity to exhibit their work, have it professionally appraised and sell their work to the public.”

The London Photo Festival will return from October 16 to October 18, 2014 and the theme is ‘landscape photography’ and photographers are invited to book their places now at www.londonphotofestival.org/bookings-october-2014.