Capturing life’s moments

Tillie Collins meeting the new arrival, by Nancy Harper
Tillie Collins meeting the new arrival, by Nancy Harper
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St Michael’s Hospice has announced the winners of its Capture the Moment 2014 photography competition.

The contest was split into three categories, Love and Care, the World Around Us and Under 15’s Camera Phone.

We were absolutely overwhelmed with the popularity of this year’s Capture the Moment competition. We would like to thank everyone who submitted photographs into the competition and the judges who very generously donated their time and prizes

Bruni Llovet, the hospice’s head of marketing

For the second year running, the Love and Care category was judged by world-renowned photographer Rankin. The winners of the Love and Care category are Nancy Harper in first place; with a beautiful photo capturing a young child and new born foal, Steve Coleman in second place, capturing a traditional English cuppa and Ann Chown with her stunning Mother and child photo in third.

Rankin said: “Photography has always been a way in which to preserve the magic of life. It is always an honour to be a part of St Michael’s Hospice and a privilege to judge the Love and Care category for this year’s photography competition. The winner captured a truly natural and innocent moment between two friends, both new to this world. For the runners-up, the cup of tea had a fantastic subtext. What is a simple but sacred ritual in British culture, the cuppa is an emblem for community, from a chat with your mum to curling up on the sofa it’s something always leaves you feel comforted. Finally the mother holding her child was a striking depiction of universal maternal love.”

The winners of the World Around Us category were judged by Jane Won, head of exhibitions at the De La Warr Pavilion. The first place winner is Ann Chown who captured a rainy day on a busy high street, full of business men and women carrying umbrellas and wearing rain ponchos, all strikingly reflected by the rain water on the pavement. Second place goes to Catherine Gurney with her spectacular stormy photograph and third place goes to Richard Tickner for his powerful photo of a dominos competition.

The final category, Under 15’s Camera Phone was judged by Oliver McNeil, from Legend Photography. The hospice said there were some fantastic entries and the winner is Darcy Kett, aged six. Darcy comically photographed her cat hiding behind the sofa, underneath a radiator. Ellen in second place with her photo entitled Peaceful Splash which captured ducks jumping in to a pond, and Jack’s stunning photo titled Passion Flower.

Oliver said: “I have been a huge supporter of St Michael’s Hospice for a number of years. The hospice has helped quite a few friends who have needed it and it does amazing work. It’s an honour to judge this year’s Capture the Moment photography contest and I hope it grows over time. Photography is around us even more these days and it’s been an enormous pleasure to see some wonderful images for this year’s under 15’s Camera Phone class. You don’t need an expensive camera to get some amazing images. If you look at this year’s winners, you can see that telling a great story is first and foremost. This is the very essence of photography; the technical aspects of a camera should come second and can be learnt with time. So get out and start taking wonderful images for next year.”

Bruni Llovet, the hospice’s head of marketing, said: “We were absolutely overwhelmed with the popularity of this year’s Capture the Moment competition. We would like to thank everyone who submitted photographs into the competition and the judges who very generously donated their time and prizes.”

To see all winning entries, visit www.facebook.com/stmichaelshospice or visit www.stmichaelshospice.org/news-and-views/news.