Photomarathon 2010: Putting Cardiff in focus

July 27, 2010 2 Comments »
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Photomarathon winner Nigel Leach with one of his winning shots

Over 4,000 images of Cardif are on display in the city centre as the winner of the Photomarathon event was unveiled last week.

46-year-old Nigel Leach won the overall prize for his 12 shots of the city covering the themes of failure, arcs and up in the air.

Mr Leach, who was born in Penarth, said: “I really can’t believe I’ve won. I found it a real challenge. Trying to take photos of all these themes was exhausting and it really does take the whole day.”

The Photomarathon saw 400 photographers shooting images across the city in 12 hours in June.

Leach, who makes puppets for Aardman Animations, was victorious on his first time entering the competition.

He said: “I’ve been into photography since Art College and it’s mainly just a hobby, my first love is puppetry and animation. The weather really helped on the day, being out in the sunshine taking photos of places like Bute Park was superb.

“There is nothing better than wandering around and taking photos. I hadn’t planned what I was going to shoot for the categories, so I just went around and saw what caught my eye.”

Mathew Talfan, one of the organisers of Photomarathon, felt Leach’s collection showed a real strength of quality across all the images.

He said: “These photos really caught our eye during the judging process. Sometimes people will have one or two strong images and during the course of the day it’s hard to keep the quality up but Nigel has done that.”

Mr Talfan, who lives in Penylan, felt the introduction of digital camera to the event, rather than just film, had actually made it harder for photographers.

“The essential challenge is the same,” he says, “but when people are using digital there’s that challenge to always take the perfect shot, and you end up spending too long on one shot.”

Second place went to Hollie Withers and third prize to David Manton. David Manton’s son, Daniel, kept it in the family by winning the junior prize.

The twelve topic winners were Laura McClelland (Giant/Entry Number), Sam Cornwell (Aroma), Rhian Jacka (On A Shoe String), Cara Berg (Up In The Air), David Abbott (Arc), Krissy Staig (Seven), Nigel Leach (Fail), Paul Hindmarsh (Old School), Elaine Potter (Contemporary), Sarah Barnes (Backwards), Lucy Fisher (Identity).

The Photomarathon exhibition is on display until August 7th at the Old Library, The Hayes in Cardiff city centre. It’s open 10 AM – 5 PM (Monday – Saturday) and 10 AM – 4 PM (Sunday).

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