The winners of the My Sydney now photo competition, run by the Museum of Sydney and Nikon Australia, have been announced.
The winning works reveal three strikingly different, yet equally compelling perspectives on our city.
The Museum of Sydney received more than 500 entries to the competition, which was run in conjunction with its photojournalism exhibition Sydney Now. Budding photographers were invited to submit their favourite Sydney moments for the chance to win one of three Nikon digital camera packages.
The judging panel of Museum of Sydney curator Inara Walden, award-winning Sydney Morning Herald photographer Dean Sewell and Craig Gillespie from Nikon Australia, praised the top 21 finalists for their technical and visual excellence.
‘The challenge of the competition was to capture something of the energy, diversity and wonder found in our city’s everyday lived experience’ says Sydney now curator Inara Walden.
First prize was awarded to Alex Bloom for his photograph ‘Canal’. Depicting Sydney’s underbelly, the image was chosen for being both timeless and topical, but also for being technically and aesthetically stunning. Alex wins a Nikon D80 Digital SLR and a Nikon COOLPIX S51 together valued at over $2500.
Johnny Barker won second prize for his entry ‘Communion’. Commended for the synchronicity of its composition, the judges described the photo as both engaging and humorous. Johnny wins a Nikon D40x Digital SLR valued at $1399.
Third prize was awarded to Blake Thompson of Darlinghurst. His ‘Manly Ferry ‘ was praised for its artistic treatment of an iconic place and its clever reduction of the ‘big playground of the rich’ to a toy town aesthetic. Blake wins a Nikon D40 + 18-55mm lens valued at $899.
See these three prize winning photographs on display along with the other finalists featured in a digital display at the Sydney now exhibition at the Museum of Sydney. Sydney Now showcases some of the best photojournalism of our city made since the year 2000. The exhibition runs until Sunday 27 April 2008.
Museum of Sydney, cnr Bridge & Phillip Sts, open daily 9.30 – 5pm. Visit www.hht.net.au/sydneynow
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