Jamaican Photographer is Runner-Up in Commonwealth Competition


Jamaican photographer, Tony Wong, has been declared runner-up in the 2004 Commonwealth Photographic Awards competition. Mr. Wong’s photograph featuring four schoolgirls was entitled, ‘Jamaica’s Future’. Commenting on his entry, the Photographer said the four girls “are unaware of the hurdles of adulthood and environment that may lie ahead”.
“It was such a delight to see these four schoolgirls pass by my store as they made their way home from school. This image shows not only their happiness but also their different characters, impishness, coyness, shyness and sassiness. Although they may face obstacles, they appear undaunted.filled with the vibrancy of youth,” he added.
Abigail Hadeed, a Trinidadian, won first prize in the Photographic Awards, with her photograph of two young girls in Guyana.
The theme of the 2004 Awards was ‘Youth’ and the photographs were judged on both interpretation of the theme and technical quality.
The competition was open to all Commonwealth residents, and include both colour and black and white photographs, from professionals and amateurs. The winning photographs were short-listed from over 1,000 entries and judged in London by Eamonn McCabe, well known sports photographer and picture editor of The Guardian (London); Jonathan Eastland, veteran photographer; and Chris Ison, photographer with the Press Association (London).
Regional winners were: Africa – Johan Botha (South Africa); Australasia and the Pacific – Steve Ferrier (Australia); Europe – Hannah Mentz (UK); Canada and the Caribbean – Abigail Hadeed (Trinidad); South Asia – Ashima Narain (India); and South East Asia – Pang Piow Kan (Malaysia).
Young people between the age of 12 and 18 were also invited to compete, under the ‘Young Snappers’ category. Schools and youth organisations were encouraged to use the ‘Young Snappers’ prize as a project, which could explore issues such as citizenship, participation, rights, education or health, and gave young people a chance to speak out using creative and photographic skills.
The winner was Gudiya Pathan, aged 13, from India. The picture featured her little cousin, “learning to balance herself on the kitchen platform”.
An exhibition of all the winners’ photographs will take place in London at The Commonwealth Club (18 Northumberland Avenue) from September 1 to 23.
The Commonwealth Foundation, The Royal Commonwealth Society, the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation, and the Globe & Mail (Toronto, Canada) sponsored the Photographic Awards.

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