Capture Hackney Winners announced

The winner of Hackney Council’s Capture Hackney competition was announced at a special event at Hackney Museum last night (Thursday 7 October).

George Best, aged 40 who lives in E8 was voted Best Overall winner. He was presented with an Olympus camera, a Dennis Morris print and a Stephen Gill photography book.

Speaking on his success George said, “I’m delighted, it’s great. I’ve never had a single photo of mine printed before so it’s great to see it exhibited here."

In the other categories:
Highly Commended
Julien Creff, teacher and photographer aged 36 who now lives in NW10. Julien was presented with a Dennis Morris print and Stephen Gill book and print

The five runners-up were given a Dennis Morris print and a Stephen Gill book.
Paul Massey, photographer aged 40 and former Hackney resident who now lives near Nottingham
Lucia Shaw, photographer aged 27, E5
Stuart York, freelance photographer aged 33, N16
Chas Wilshere, photographer aged 52, E8
Susie Walker, Museum Curator, N1

The Council received 232 photographs from 58 budding photographers. The youngest entrant was 14 and the oldest 61.

Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Community Services, Jonathan McShane said: “Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone who took part. The standard was really high and with over 230 entries it was a tough decision picking out just a few prize winning images.”

Some of the photographs will be on display as part of the Capture Hackney exhibition at the Hackney Museum. Come along and see the stunning pictures and how the borough has changed.”

Capture Hackney Exhibition
From Thursday 17 October 2010 until 21 January 2011
Hackney Museum
Ground Floor
Technology and Learning Centre
1 Reading Lane
E8 1GQ

Hackney Museum was looking for photos with real personality, a genuine sense of the Hackney zeitgeist and a clear way of talking to the viewer, so that future generations feel they are leaping right back into 2010 and the rest of us can remember our lives and times.

The competition was held throughout the summer and people aged over 16 were encouraged become a part of Hackney’s history by submitting photographs that capture the spirit of Hackney’s changing landscape as the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games approach. The winning pictures of a changing Hackney would get the chance to have their work exhibited at Hackney Museum. Afterwards, pictures selected will be placed into Hackney Council’s archives as a lasting legacy for future generations.

Hackney Museum joined forces with internationally renowned photographer Stephen Gill and Shoot Experience, a local photography company, to select images for the exhibition.