The Big Picture, CJET Street Photographer of the Year exhibition
Thousands of people from around the world used a camera phone to take part in a new competition offering the winner a state of the art camcorder and the title “Street Photographer of the year”.
The standard of entries for the first Citizen Journalism Educational Trust (CJET) - run contest was remarkably high, showing that surprising quality can be achieved using a mobile phone. Twelve images were shortlisted by the judges.
This exciting event won backing from Time Out and Olympus, who donated a prize worth almost £300. Guardian News & Media provided the organisers with an iconic image, taken by a citizen photographer, of Ian Tomlinson, the innocent bystander killed by a police officer at the G20 protest in London of April 2009, to use in publicity.
An exhibition of photographs from the competition can be seen at the renowned London College of Communication in Elephant and Castle, London SE1 6SB, from Monday March 5 until Thursday March 15 at its Lower Street gallery. Entry is free.
New charity CJET, which is supported by The-Latest.Com, launched with its Big Picture Street Photographer of the Year competition in June.
Stunning photographs from entrants in the UK and places as far afield as India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Romania, Italy, America and Canada were received.
Time Out magazine’s picture editor Allyce Hibbert, who was one of the five judges, said: “The quality of entries was so good I had difficulty separating them to choose the 12 finalists. It’s amazing what can be done with a camera phone.”
Other judges are award-winning photographer Eamonn McCabe, former Picture Editor of The Guardian, renowned publisher Dr Margaret Busby OBE, Martin Shaw, Chair of the CJET charity and Brian Usher, Picture Editor of The-Latest.Com.
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