And the winner is........
Best portrait of a musician or band
Won by Jean Perkins with her portrait of Gordon Shipley, below left
Best picture of the audience capturing the festival vibe
The winner in this category was Max Ayre with the photo left of the audience in the garden of the Bull public house.
Astonishingly, the perfect pyramid of friends on the right was captured by Jean Perkins, runner up in this category.
Best image of a musician
The haunting image of the 'lonesome' blues harmonica player is superbly captured in Jean Perkin's photograph of Gordon Shipley. Jean uses a Canon EOS DSLR camera and she says that when she saw Gordon it reminded her of those old American movies where someone is leaning against the wall right next to the train track, playing the harmonica, with the mournful sound of the train whistle coming down the track.
Runner up in this category was Natasha Ayre with a picture of husband Max who is well known locally on the blues scene. Natasha uses a Nikon D3300 DSLR and this photo was taken during the jam session which Max hosted at the Metro club on the opening night of the 2018 blues festival.
Best picture of the audience
The prize in this category was awarded to Max Ayre who submitted a very fine photograph of the audience in the garden of the Bull public house. Max said, “We were very lucky with the weather this year and that may have encouraged more people to come out and enjoy outdoors concerts.”
The runner up in this category was Jean Perkins with a photo of three friends in a doorway at the Royal Standard public house on the Sunday afternoon. She said, “It was like a photo-bomb. John Green of Joe Goes Green just popped up behind my friends, forming a perfect pyramid.”
Chairman Harry Collins said “it’s fabulous to see so many festival go-ers submitting their images. Thank you to them all. It was hard to pick just two winners but my heartfelt congratulations go out to them.”
Our winners will be presented with a Giclée print of their picture. Prizes kindly produced by Total Photography.