12 hours, 12 topics, 12 pictures, 1 unforgettable day.
June 26, 2015
Lowri Llewelyn, 30, originally from Pontypridd but now living in Grangetown, Cardiff has won the 2015 Photomarathon UK competition. Her portfolio of 12 pictures on 12 topics taken in 12 hours was judged to be the best of the 400 entrants who took part in the annual photographic challenge.
The judges award prizes to the top three portfolios and a junior award. A winning image is also chosen for each of the 12 topics.
All of the winning portfolios and every photo taken on the day is now on display at the Photomarathon exhibition – at a new venue this year in Capitol Shopping Centre on Queen Street, Cardiff.
The winners (with entry numbers) were:
Overall portfolio winners 2015
1st Prize, Lowri Llewelyn (479)
2nd Prize, John Kellett (226)
3rd Prize, Sarah James (142)
Junior Award, Alys & Emily Steed (371)
2015 topic winners
My Entry Number, Neil Pesticcio (465)
Collection, James Macleod (273)
Twist and turn, Claire Knighton (154)
The perfect place, Ian Wootten (354)
The other side, Danial Sami (143)
Epic, Tom Strickland (436)
Can’t live without you, Lucy Owen (315)
Word search, Robert Bowen (140)
Optical illusionm, Nicole Rugman (132)
Equal, Alys & Emily Steed (371)
Under cover, Alanna Britten (460)
Eureka!, Maddy Young (427)
This year’s event was also a global collaboration of photomarathons and the topic ‘The perfect place’ was shared with events in Copenhagen, Berlin, Shenyang, Nice and Amsterdam. A selection of images in this topic will be shared between the international exhibitions.
Mathew Talfan, Photomarathon founder and one of the judges said:
“Photomarathon is a huge creative challenge and it really stretches people’s imaginations. Year after year, we are so impressed and inspired by the creativity we see from everyone that takes part.
“Picking the winner seems to get harder every year – and this year was no exception. Lowri’s portfolio stood out for its clean, contemporary approach to the challenge. She’s captured a range of patterns, shapes and textures in everyday locations, while capturing the essence of each topic in a fresh, graphic way.”
“The exhibition is a unique snapshot of the city on a single day and the images on display are always surprising for their inventiveness and humour – it’s a real celebration of Cardiff and its creativity,” he said.
Lowri said, “It was obviously really challenging, but great fun. There were some topics where I got really stuck, so I think some of them were a bit of a fluke!
“Beforehand I’d thought about adding lines to all my photos and that helped to structure my mind and keep me focused on each topic. My boyfriend Rhodri was with me and helped with the ideas too – but he’s not here tonight so I’m taking all the credit.
“It was a shock to win. I’ve done it a couple of times before so it was totally unexpected – it’s weird and nice to know my photos are in a public exhibition now.
“Photography’s only a hobby for me, I mostly just pick up my camera to go on holiday. I always think that I want to do more so this will give me the inspiration,” she said.
John Kellett wins a £100 voucher courtesy of Cardiff-based Camera Centre UK, a place on a ffotogallery summer short course and a framed image courtesy of Express Imaging.
Sarah James wins a £75 voucher courtesy of Cardiff-based Camera Centre UK, a place on a ffotogallery summer short course and a framed image courtesy of Express Imaging.
Alys & Emily Steed win a studio portrait session with leading people photographer Siân Trenberth and a framed image courtesy of Express Imaging
All topic winners receive a voucher for Tea for Two at Waterloo Tea in Cardiff, Penarth or City Centre and a £20 printing voucher and an enlargement of their winning entry courtesy of Express Imaging
The exhibition will be open to the public seven days a week from June 27th to July 11th. The gallery will be open between 11am and 5pm and entry is free.