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Prize winners: NMB executive director Elena Strong (far left), and the Minister of Education Diallo Rabain (far right), with student finalists in the 15-18 age category (Photograph supplied)

Young photographers showed they had their eyes on the prize at the Reg Grundy Annual Youth Photography Competition.

The theme of this year’s contest was “Your Eyes On Bermuda”, and was divided into three categories – families, buildings and nature.

The event, was organised by the National Museum of Bermuda in partnership with Joy Chambers Grundy in memory of her husband, Dr Grundy, an Australian television producer and Bermuda resident.

Opening an exhibition of this year’s photographs at Commissioner’s House, Diallo Rabain, the Minister of Education said: “Congratulations to all participating students and parents and teachers who encouraged their students to enter the competition.

“Now in year four, it is very encouraging to see the success of this competition and how it is growing. This competition is an excellent opportunity for Bermuda’s young people to develop their creativity and patience and enhance their visual literacy and ability to see the world around them in unique ways.

Joy Yammine (left) pictured alongside Education Minister Diallo Rabain and NMB executive director Elena Strong in front of her prize-winning image (Photograph supplied)

“Being engaged in the arts and developing an appreciation for the cultural and natural environment sets children up to be responsible and caring citizens.

“Thank you to Joy Grundy, sponsors and the National Museum of Bermuda for providing this great opportunity for Bermuda’s young people.”

And the winners are ...

Bermuda Families

7-10 group winner: Joseph Yammine. Runner-up: Kimoni Simons. Honourable mention: Aiva Brown.

11-14 group winner: Joy Yammine. Runner-up: Keeliah Caines. Honourable mention: Luciana Fischer.

15-18 group winner: Chloe Botelho. Runner-up: Marcus Rodrigues. Honourable mention: Jazarah Codrington-Edmead.

Bermuda Buildings

7-10 group winner: Ruth Correia. Runner-up: Ean Welch. Honourable mention: Ariana Madeiros.

11-14 group winner: Tyler Rossouw. Runner-up: Seri Fisher. Honourable mention: Emma Boden.

15-18 group winner: Thomas Quarterly. Runner-up: Caiden Millett. Honourable mention: Ashley Todd.

Bermuda Nature

7-10 group winner: Savana Honey Walters. Runner-up: Asa Millard. Honourable mention: Isla Morrell.

11-14 group winner: Keegan Dyer. Runner-up: Avalon Packer. Honourable mention: Fergus Wightman.

15-18 group winner: Luke Foster. Runner-up: Phoenix Palacio. Honourable mention: Zae'ya Tucker- Crockwell.

The competition was open to all local photography enthusiasts aged between 7 and 18 and was designed to inspire the next generation of photographers and encourage an appreciation for Bermuda’s natural and cultural environment.

Local judges included renowned photographer and winner of the 2022 Charman Prize Antoine Hunt, NMB curator Deborah Atwood, and Chinni Mahadevan, a curator for Reg Grundy Photographic Libraries.

They chose the finalists from hundreds of submissions, submitted by 28 different schools in Bermuda.

Winners received Iron Kids Accounts at Clarien Bank, while runners-up received gift cards to Brown & Co stores.

The school with the most submissions – Mount Saint Agnes – won a $1,500 gift certificate from AF Smith for school supplies.

Joy Yammine, a student at the Bermuda High School, won Best in Show and was presented with a Canon EOS DSLR camera with lenses, memory card, filters and monopod, donated by Mrs Grundy.

Elena Strong, the NMB executive director and the Minister of Education Diallo Rabain with the student finalists in the 11-14 age category of the contest (Photograph supplied)

Elena Strong, the executive director of NMB, said: “The calibre of student photographs increases each year, and we are so honoured to have student art hanging on the walls of the national museum.

“For those who entered this year but were not selected as finalists, I encourage you to continue observing the world around you, snap away and submit again next year.

“Thank you to Joy Grundy and our local sponsors, AF Smith, Phoenix Stores and Clarien Bank for their sponsorship of this competition.”

Deanne Hart of The Phoenix Stores, Ltd., presents runners-up prizes of $150 in the Reg Grundy competition

Winners and runners-up photographs are on display on the second floor of Commissioner’s House at NMB, and is also featured online here.

Deanne Hart of The Phoenix Stores, Ltd., presents runners-up prizes of $150 in the Reg Grundy competition

NMB is open every day except December 25, from 10am until 5pm. Last admission is at 4pm.

Young enthusiasts: Primary school students young as seven were also encouraged to enter the competition and are pictured with NMB executive director Elena Strong on the education minister Dialla Rabain (Photograph supplied)

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Published December 15, 2022 at 7:22 am (Updated December 15, 2022 at 7:22 am)

Young photographers take centre stage in Reg Grundy awards

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