This is Britain?

Digital Camera Photographer of the YearI found this gallery of shortlisted photos for the “Digital Camera Photographer of the Year 2009: This is Britain” competition on the Daily Telegraph web site.

The first picture, Fuel Girls, a booze-up (as we used to call it) puts me off going to Britain for my holidays. Maybe it’s technically good and very “street” but it’s also gross!

#2 – Just a Shower is wonderfully humourous, but there are rain spots on the lens. Surely that’s a no-no? Or does that make it “authentic” in the eyes of the judges?

#5 – Food Lovers – a mosaic of people eating is gross too. But that was probably the photographer’s intent.

#9 – Pier caught my eye but I don’t like the way the lamp hides one of the divers’ feet.

#16 – Cool Britannia looks over-sharpened – or the man has a skin disease.

#21 – Wayne is good black and white “street” albeit not candid. I wonder if it was shot with a Leica.

#26 – Frozen Intensity is excellent “street”. The police officer’s fixed, almost robotic, expression is scary. I would not have dared get that close in to a demonstration.

#27 – Rain. I cannot believe this is a shortlisted picture. There must be a million rain splattered pictures of a grey London from the London Eye on Flickr alone. What is special about this one?

#32 – A Day at the Beach must be posed or the rain was added in Photoshop, surely? It’s a cliche anyway.

#33 – A Kiss in Time is boring street. Not enough contrast and more focus on the station departure board than the lovers.

Overall I thought they were a bit depressing. I bet entries from the USA would be a lot more positive.

The winners will be announced in early December 2009 and they’ll be exhibited at The Mall Galleries, London from the 9th to the 13th of December. I think I’ll skip it.


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2 Responses to “This is Britain?”

  1. Michael Willems Says:

    I loved “Waterloo Estate”. Just like Britain in 1975. Or 1955 for that matter.

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