Bermudian’s ‘career high’ award in Oscars of photography world
A Bermudian’s art exhibit has placed second in a prestigious international photography award.
Meredith Andrews’ Flotsam and Jetsam: The Cost of Modern Living was submitted to the Association of Photographers’ Open Awards, often cited as “the Oscars of the photographic world”.
Ms Andrews said: “I’m deeply honoured to have received a Silver prize for my series Flotsam and Jetsam in the 37th Association of Photographers Open Awards.
“Being recognised by such a prestigious organisation is a huge boost and a career high.”
The piece was created in celebration of the Government’s pledge to cut back on the use of single-use plastics, as well as a reminder of how often they get thrown away.
It was produced by the Bermuda National Gallery in collaboration with Keep Bermuda Beautiful.
Ms Andrews said: “The more exposure this subject and it’s pressing message gets the better.
“None of this would have been possible without the support of the BNG and KBB.”
Ms Andrews earlier had a photograph, titled Brangman, selected for Portrait of Humanity, a worldwide competition run by 1854 Media and the British Journal of Photography.
The image, which features Eugene Brangman, a former teacher, outside his Somerset home, was one of two images by the photographer that were included in a book of shortlisted entries.
Peter Lapsley, the executive director of the BNG, said the gallery was “incredibly pleased” to hear of Ms Andrew’s Silver Award, particularly because she created the piece in the gallery.
Mr Lapsley added: “BNG works hard to create exhibitions that are layered and engaging and this series of work and exhibition are a great example.
“They function as a visual experience, an awareness campaign for ocean plastics, as fundraiser for BNG and KBB and now as an award-winning series of work created in Bermuda but relevant to the world."
The exhibition is on display at the BNG, located at City Hall in Hamilton, until April 30.
Several limited-edition prints will accompany the exhibition as part of a fundraising scheme to raise $40,000 for the BNG and KBB.
Prints of the award-winning photographic series, numbered and signed by the artist, are available to purchase for $250 at the BNG’s website. They come unframed and sized 16in by 20in.