Open for entries until noon on Friday 16 March 2018
Inspired by the exhibition Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr at Time and Tide Museum
Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth is calling for younger residents of East Anglia to capture their own unique views of the vibrancy, variety and eclectic character of the region through the medium of photography.
With half-term in full-swing and many families looking to head out and explore the best that East Anglia has to offer. There will be plenty of opportunities for the next generation of shutterbugs to showcase life as they see it - from fresh perspectives at popular locations and landmarks, to capturing moments with friends at favourite haunts and hang-outs - Time and Tide Museum would love to see them all.
The competition, which has two age categories, is inspired by their current exhibition Only in England which features the work of two of Britain’s most influential photographers, Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr. The competition has attracted over 140 entries so far across the age groups, with the top two entries in these categories – adult (17+) and young person (16 and under) chosen from a shortlist by none other than Martin Parr himself, the first prize winning entries from each category will go on temporary display at Time and Tide Museum. All twelve shortlisted finalists will be invited to a competition prize giving onSaturday 14 April 2018.
Norfolk Museums Service Teaching Museum trainee and competition organiser, Alanna Baker, said:
“Visitors to Time and Tide have loved the Only in England exhibition, It has inspired nostalgia and photographic creativity in equal measure. Only in the East is a great opportunity for local budding photographers of all ages to share their response to life in East Anglia. We’ve had some fabulous entries so far and can’t wait to receive more.”
Two Sony cameras are also on offer as prizes, courtesy of competition sponsors London Camera Exchange in partnership with Sony – the sponsors had this to say:
“London Camera Exchange & Sony are very pleased to be asked to sponsor the Only in the East Competition and wish everyone who enters the very best of luck.”
The competition is open to amateur* (see note below) photographers from Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire and is a wonderful opportunity for the region’s keen photographers to bring their work to a wider audience.
It’s also a fitting way to celebrate the region’s unique flavour, complementing the evocative photography on show in the Only in England exhibition as Norfolk Museums Service Teaching Museum trainee and competition organiser, Alanna Baker, explains:
“Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr are both – in their different ways – drawn to what makes a place unique and the character of the people who live and work in those environments. Tony Ray-Jones in particular had an affinity for capturing the unique charm of British seaside towns in the 60s and 70s, including East Anglia – an image of Great Yarmouth and one of Jaywick Sands are included in the show. The Only in the East competition will be a great way of engaging people in the region, both with the work on display in the exhibition, and just as importantly, with their own relationship to this wonderful part of the world. Seeing what people make of their environment today feels like a fitting tribute to the work of Ray-Jones and Parr – and the fact that Martin Parr has agreed to make the final choices is very exciting – we can’t wait to see the entries!”
Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr is a showcase of works by two of our most renowned photographers who are recognised for their witty, satirical and often quietly moving images of quaintly-British characters, life and locations. The exhibition has been organised and toured by the National Science and Media Museum - with Great Yarmouth being the final stop and the last chance for people to view this one-off collection of works together.
The exhibition is curated by Greg Hobson, curator of Photographs at the National Science and Media Museum, and Martin Parr who was invited to select works from the Tony Ray-Jones archives.
Only in England at Time and Tide is supplemented by a fantastic display of images taken by members of the Wide Angle Young Volunteer photography group. Local young people responded directly to a brief set by Martin Parr to ‘Show me the Great Yarmouth you know through photography’. The group have been working with professional photographers and staff at Time and Tide to develop skills in the field and volunteer their services to cultural and community organisations in Great Yarmouth throughout 2017.
Also on show is a digital display of photographs by well-known local photographer Brian Ollington whose wonderful collection of images of Great Yarmouth and its environs are now part of Time and Tide’s permanent collection. The collection of over 1,500 photographs was acquired by the Museum in 2015 – Brian and his assistant Robert now volunteer on site to complete the extensive archives documentation.
Only in England is a rare opportunity to experience the ground-breaking work of two important photographers – and to be inspired by their work to create your own visual record of the East.
For full details about the associated programme of events and Only in the East, please see our website or social media pages.
For full details of the competition – see below.
Alanna Baker, firstname.lastname@example.org, : 01493 743 945
Jordan Bacon, email@example.com, 01603 223086
Only in the East Competition Details
· Only in the East is open to residents of East Anglia who are amateur photographers.
· *For the purposes of this competition, a professional photographer will be considered to be someone who makes more than half their annual income from the sale of their photographs.
· Each entrant may enter up to five images and will have the chance to be featured on the museum’s social media channels before a panel of independent judges will shortlist their favourite images from the anonymised entries.
· Closing date is 16 March 2018.
· The final twelve choices, six from each category, will be offered to renowned photographer Martin Parr who will choose his first, second prizes and third prizes in the adult (17+) and young person (16 and under) categories.
The prizes are as follows:
· First Prize for adult category: Sony A5000 + E16-50mm PZ OSS Black Camera
· First Prize for young person category: Sony Cyber-shot HX400V Black Camera
· Second Prize in each category will receive entrance to Time and Tide with afternoon tea for two (sandwiches, cake and tea or coffee) in the Silver Darlings café
· Third Prize in each category will receive a family visit to the Norfolk Museums Service museum of their choice
· All shortlisted entrants will receive a family ticket for entrance to Time and Tide
The cameras have been kindly donated to the competition by London Camera Exchange (LCE) in partnership with Sony.
For terms and conditions and entry form, please visit: https://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/time-tide/whats-on/only-in-the-east-photography-competition
Only in England:
Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr
Time and Tide Museum of Great Yarmouth Life, Blackfriars Road, Great Yarmouth, NR30 3BX
Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm
Saturday – Sunday 12pm – 4pm
Exhibition included with museum admission
Young person (4-18) £4.55
Family (1 adult + all children) £14.55
Family (2 adults + all children) £19.40
Twilight (1 hour before closing) £2.00
Winter Pass: Unlimited entry up to Sunday 25 March 2018: £7.00
About the photographers
Tony Ray-Jones was born in Somerset in 1941. He studied graphic design at the London School of Printing before leaving the UK in 1961 to study on a scholarship at Yale University in Connecticut, US. He followed this with a year-long stay in New York during which he attended classes by the influential art director Alexey Brodovitch, and became friends with photographers Joel Meyerowitz and Garry Winogrand. In 1966 he returned to find a Britain still divided by class and tradition.A Day Off - An English Journal, a collection of photographs he took between 1967-1970 was published posthumously in 1974 and in 2004 the National Media Museum held a major exhibition, A Gentle Madness: The Photographs of Tony Ray- Jones.
Martin Parr was born in Epsom, Surry in 1952. He graduated from Manchester Polytechnic in 1974 and moved to Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire, where he established the ‘Albert Street Workshop’, a hub for artistic activity in the town. Fascinated by the variety of non-conformist chapels and the communities he encountered in the town he produced The Non-Conformists.In 1984 Parr began to work in colour and his breakthrough publication The Last Resort was published in 1986. A Magnum photographer, Parr is now an internationally renowned photographer, filmmaker, collector and curator, best-known for his highly saturated colour photographs critiquing modern life