This year's overall first prize was won by Sarah Diamond Vale from Bristol’s twinned city of Oporto, Portugal, for her eye-catching black and white photo ‘Playground’ of a boy jumping for joy on the historic rail tracks down by the Harbourside. Her photo was the first choice of 2017 judge, the Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees, who said:
“I chose this image because it’s joyful, it’s young. I think it captures Bristol as a home, while also showing the industrial side of the city with the railway tracks. It’s got real energy and yet the black and white makes it quite melancholy”.
First prize was generously sponsored by David and Karin Embleton.
(Photo: Sarah Diamond Vale & David Embleton at the 'One Smart Day in Bristol 2017' Awards evening)
Second prize was won by Duncan Nagle from Walsall for ‘Py-Ray-naut’, a portrait of Ray, taking a break from painting Bristol’s historic fire boat 'Pyranaut' during the recent maritime history weekend.
Duncan first entered the competition in 2016, however didn't win anything, although his wife, Karen, won an hourly prize. This year he scooped up four main prizes and Karen won an hourly prize for best photo taken from 1200-1300. Well done the Nagels!
The overall third prize was won by Bristolian Stuart Lees for his photo of a seagull down at the Harbourside. Stuart had intended to photograph cormorants, so hid his iPad in a box with a hole cut out for the lens and set it to take pictures every 10 seconds. It seems the cormorants were fishing elsewhere that day and a photogenic seagull swooped in for a selfie instead!
Stuart won the best mobile phone prize in 2016. As well as winning this year's overall third prize, he also won a prize for the best photo taken between 1600-1700.
Congratulations to all!