MUSIC lovers and keen photographers came together for the opening night of a new exhibition at Worcester Arts Workshop.
The event showcased the best of the photos entered into this year’s Worcester Music Festival photography competition which will be on show throughout this month.
As part of the evening, judges announced the winners and runners-up of the competition and commended all entrants for the exceptionally high quality of their photographs.
“It was an incredibly hard decision this year,” said Steve Johnston, one of the judges and a professional photographer in his own right.
“All judges felt that the standard of entrants had gone up a notch this year and it made for a very interesting – and difficult – task for us all.”
Steve was joined by Andy Burton, James Watkins and Mark Hoy, all professional photographers with many years’ experience photographing live music and events.
The winning shot was taken by Chris Bowley who perfectly captured GrizzleRoot at Worcester Arts Workshop, carrying across the raw energy they pack into their set.
Using black and white, the image was as eye-catching as it was atmospheric and a deserved winner.
Second place was awarded to Adriana Vasile with her incredible shot of Harry and the Howlers at The Marrs Bar while Brendan Stephen’s shot of Howlin’ Bones at The Firefly finished third.
Chris earnt a £100 camera store voucher kindly donated by festival sponsors Child Care Bureau, with £50 and £25 vouchers going to second and third place respectively.
Judges also recognised the efforts of newcomer Logan Andrews, six, who became the festival’s youngest ever entrant after attending the festival with family members.
The judges awarded Logan a certificate and commended him on taking a photograph which displays a technical ability and eye for detail ahead of his years.
“This image ably demonstrates that Logan has a bright future ahead of him should he wish to progress in photography. We hope to see him back next year!” Steve added.