Tullibody man wins national photography competition
Brian Smith from Tullibody, Clackmannanshire has beaten hundreds of entrants to win a national photography competition run by social investor Nominet Trust.
The winning image entitled Cloud Computing provides a view on the world from Brian’s alfresco office – where he enjoys a pleasant afternoon working in the sunshine while listening to digital radio all thanks to the internet. The beautiful black and white photograph impressed judges due to its powerful, simple and very candid portrayal of just how the internet is changing the way we live and interact with our surroundings. Brian will now see his image displayed in a UK-wide photography exhibition – Our Digital Planet which starts in Brighton today and which will finish in Glasgow in December.
Nominet Trust, which believes in the power of digital technology to make a positive difference to people’s lives, invited competition entrants to submit images which demonstrated what the internet meant to them.
Brian’s photograph will complete a 24 image exhibition going on tour in five cities. Our Digital Planet will visit Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Liverpool and Glasgow between August and December 2012.
Brian’s entry will take centre stage at the Our Digital Planet exhibition, alongside other evocative images depicting a range of areas where the internet has positively affected our lives. In addition, Brian will receive over £500 of photography equipment and a personal photography workshop with renowned photographer David Collingwood.
Annika Small Nominet Trust CEO commented:
“We have been extremely impressed with the quality and creativity of entries we have received to the competition. The huge variety of topics and viewpoints covered clearly demonstrates the far reaching impact the internet has.
But it was Brian’s photograph that really highlighted the power of internet and its ability to change lives for the better. It was fascinating to read his story and understand how the internet has made a difference to his life.
We hope that ultimately this winning image, alongside the other 23 inspiring photographs in the Our Digital Planet exhibition will spur people who don’t currently use the internet to get online and discover its potential.”
Brian Smith said:
“I'm really pleased that my photo has been chosen from all the hundreds that were entered. It’s great to think that this snapshot of a little corner of my Digital Planet is now going to be seen by thousands of people across the UK.”
Joe Tree, founder of Blipfoto said:
“It’s been a real honour to have worked with Nominet Trust to host this national competition and I can only hope by doing so and by showcasing some of the powerful ways in which the internet benefits our daily lives that people who wouldn’t usually use the internet, think again and give online a go.
Brian’s image was a beautiful portrayal of how the internet has personally benefitted his life.”
During the exhibition visitors who have never used the internet, or those who are not so confident, will have the opportunity to get online with guided support at the onsite internet station. For further information or to find out more about the exhibition, visit: www.ourdigitalplanet.co.uk