Blenheim Palace celebrate British photography
With so much to celebrate in Great Britain this year, 2012 is the year to be proud of everything that makes this country great. To mark the year, Blenheim Palace, the Oxfordshire birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and a World Heritage Site, launched the photography competition “Britain’s Greatest Palace is looking for What Makes Britain Great"
Blenheim Palace’s panel of judges looked for photographs that captured everything great about Britain: British people, British places, British events, British landmarks.
The winner of the Blenheim Palace Photography Competition 2012 was Bill Green with his striking image of Southwark Bridge lit up for the 2012 London Olympics featuring St. Paul's Cathedral in the background.
The judges selected this image because it celebrates the great architecture of Britain while the modern cranes in the background symbolise development. The vibrant colours and techniques that create a visually stunning image impressed the judges.
Winner of the competition, Bill Green said: “The Thames and its surrounding iconic architecture has been my inspiration since 1999. During the London 2012 Festival I set out to capture a portrait of riverside London and The Mayor’s Dazzle Bridge Illuminations. On the night I took this picture, my intention had been to photograph Tower Bridge, but seeing the sunset I felt impelled to change direction and caught the last remaining twilight over Southwark Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral. The illuminations created a depth and colour palette, which were new and vibrant. Instantly I recognised this image had potential and I am delighted to have won this competition”.
Hannah Payne, Blenheim Palace’s Marketing & PR Manager added: "There were nearly 1,000 stunning photographs entered into this year’s competition. Bill Green’s iconic photograph really encapsulates this amazing year in British history.”
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