Roath photographers took the top two prizes in the 2014 Photomarathon in Cardiff. First prize went to Awen Williams of Penylan and Claire Whittle from Roath took second place.
Awen beat 400 other contestants to secure first place by impressing judges with her interpretation and execution of the 12 topics that were set as part of the Photomarathon competition.
The topics that participants were challenged with photographing were: My Entry Number & Me, myself & I?, Street level, Camouflage, Ten, We’re all in this together, Attention to detail, Control, Crossed wires, The dying of the light, Stacked up, Join the dots and It’s a wrap.
Now in its tenth anniversary year, Photomarathon is a competition which sees participants take 12 images on 12 given topics over the course of 12 hours, with all 12 images must be taken in the correct sequence. Judges then had the painstaking task of choosing one overall winner and 12 topic winners from almost 5,000 photographs that were submitted.
Awen said, “The photmarathon experience is like no other. There are many words to describe the day; exciting, stressful, fun, tiring, interesting, mentally exhausting, euphoric… The atmosphere on the day is always such a friendly one, with strangers making friends and talking about their experiences. Winning the photo marathon felt amazing. The moment I saw the photos hanging up on the prize-winning wall, I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was such a shock. It was an even bigger shock to realise that I had actually come first. The standard this year was so high it made it even more incredible to have won.”
Betina Skovbro, Photomarathon director and one of the judges, said: “Awen’s winning portfolio shows a great variety of approaches – all captured with a sense of style and dashes of humour. Her winning portfolio mixes imaginative use of the urban landscape and found locations with some carefully chosen props, while always maintaining a quality and consistency of approach. Awen has succeeded in maintaining a consistently high quality across the entire portfolio, but has also managed to capture that elusive quality – the spirit of Photomarathon.
The judges of 2014 Photomarathon were organisers Betina Skovbro, Mathew Talfan, Caroline Taylor and Simon Murray. Click here to see a Facebook album of the Photomarathon exhibition 2014.