Over 60 budding photographers took on the photomarathon challenge last weekend, showing off their creative talents.
The annual Aberystwyth Photomarathon was held virtually for the second year in a row, but that didn’t deter more than 60 competitors from stepping forward and taking on the challenge of taking six photos across six themes in six hours.
In addition to the aspiration of winning one of the four categories or being selected as a winner for the best theme, there was an added bonus this year in that all submitted images are on display at the prestigious Oriel Gregynog at the National Library. .
There were four categories – primary, secondary, open and, in partnership with Aberystwyth University, one for current students. There were also prizes for the best photo in each theme. This year’s referee was famed local photographer Marian Delyth, and she had quite a challenge,
“We were all hoping to come back in person this year, but unfortunately that was not the case. Photography is however a folk art form that is incredibly flexible and accessible and this has been further proven with these fascinating entries.
“It’s great to see them given a worthy stage here at our National Library – if you get the chance, it’s worth the effort to see them.”
The six themes defined by the organizers were Near, Green, Where Am I, One World, Two and Empty.
The primary age category was won by Isa Bosch of Ysgol Comins Coch and Gwennan MacDonald received praise from the judge.
The secondary age category was won for the second year in a row by student Penweddig Gwion Crampin with Elenor Nicholas herself a former winner and Eira MacDonald being highly congratulated.
The open category was won by Aberystwyth photographer Angharad Bache, Lowri Gwynne and Alex Ioannou being highly congratulated.
The new category for Aberystwyth University students was won by Angus Smith.
The winner of the Open category, Angharad, said he was delighted with this victory: “The photomarathon is a great challenge and an incredibly difficult discipline. It was nice to be in Aberystwyth to find potential images suitable for the themes. What’s even better about physical exposure is that you can see how others have approached the task and for a photographer it’s wonderful to see.
“Considering the level of imagery presented, I’m delighted to have won – continue next year when I can defend my title! “
The winners of the thematic images were: Hefin Jones (Close), Courtney Evans (Green), Angharad Bache (Where Am I and One World), Manon Elin (Two) and Gwennan MacDonald (Void).
Marian Delyth also congratulated the thematic photos of Lowri Gwynne, Sean Fitzpatrick, Alex Smith, Alex Ioannou, Gaenor Mai Jones, Harriet McDevitt Smith, Colin Price, Lynne Blanchfield, Wyn Griffith, Martin Leett and Reina Van der Wiel.
The photomarathon is being organized with the support of Aberystwyth City Council and Mayor Cllr Alun Williams encourages everyone to visit the exhibit,
“It’s great that the photomarathon took place this year, albeit in a slightly different form. But seeing the images physically on display in one of our main galleries is such a wonderful experience and I guess it is a real pleasure for all the contestants.
“Great photos in a great location – and all on our doorstep!
According to Catrin MS Davies, one of the organizers, it’s wonderful to see a physical exhibit again.
“I want to thank the National Library for their willingness to work with us this year and provide such a great setting for the exhibition,” she said.
“The beauty of having a physical exhibit is that you can compare how individual competitors interpreted the different themes.
“It was great to see a lot of our regular competitors competing again this year as well as new names that have made their mark. Fingers crossed, we will be back next year in person and can see everyone again. ”
The exhibition is at the National Library until November 10.
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