Over 220 people attended the presentation day of the Mid Sussex Mencap Photo & Video Competition on Thursday June 11th in the Martlets Hall.
On display were 903 photographs, and 14 videos, altogether involving over 200 people with learning disabilities from East and West Sussex.
The photographs were judged by Steve Awcock and three other members of the “Lens Cap Off” Photography Club. Steve presented 26 awards to winners from three categories – general, portrait, and this year’s theme “Trains, Boats and Planes”.
He gave a very good commentary on each of the photos, and what the judges particularly liked about each photo. He thanked all the entrants for taking such wonderful photos, and said how hard it had been to choose the winners.
The winner of the themed category and the overall winner was Sam Kirimli from Friary Gardeners in Hastings, for his wonderful picture of a sunset over Hastings fishing boats. He received the Michael Wheeler Trophy.
The video films were judged by four members of the Mid Sussex Camcorder Society, and the prizes were presented y two of them, Graham Quantrill and Ron Keen. Again, Graham said how high the standard of film making was, and how difficult it was to choose winners. The films varied from adventures, to animations, and music and dance. The winner, from Outreach 3Way in Ifield, was a comedy about some builders. The people involved in making this video received the Sarah Keatley Trophy.
There were two winners from our local area. Nigel Archer from Burgess Hill won third prize in the Portrait category, and Mark Evans from Wivelsfield Green won fourth prize in the general category.
This event, which is very popular and is held every year, is sponsored by Mid Sussex Mencap.
Report contributed by Rosie Elkins Mid Sussex Mencap. All presentation photos by Ian Sanderson.