24 Hours in Bristol 2014

09 July 2014

Competitions, Industry news

The popular '24 Hours in Bristol' photographic competition, which was launched for the first time in 2013, generating over 20,000 images of Bristol in a single day, will be returning for its second edition this August bank holiday.  The competition was won last year by Royal Photographic Society member Andy Coffin - see his winning image here.

This year's event will take place from 1200 Saturday 23rd August to 1200 Sunday 24th August and is open to anyone with a smart phone or camera. Hundreds of amateur and professional photographers from across Britain and beyond are expected to descend on Bristol to record a day in the life of the city, including photographers from Bristol's twinned city of Oporto in Portugal. 

The event will be based at the new Harbourside Arts Centre, off Bristol's Millennium Square, which was opened recently by the Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson, who said “It’s great to see the 24 Hours in Bristol photographic competition back for 2014. I was bowled over with the results of the first event last year.  It's a highly creative initiative which is building up a tremendous photo-bank of stunning and curious Bristol images. I never go anywhere without my camera so I hope to enter some of my own photos this year”. 

In an interesting twist, 24 Hours in Bristol photographers are randomly allocated an hour of the day or night during which they must take at least one entry photograph, although they can also enter as many as they like from other hours.  Last year's photographers enjoyed the challenge with Exeter photographer Thomas Nuttall-Smith saying "Spending the day and night trekking around taking photos is certainly a great way to see a city. What really set this competition apart was the allocation of time slots. I was given the joy of the 01:00-02:00am slot, which turned out to be one of the best parts of the trip for me it made me push myself to do something I had not done before - night photography. Some places I have travelled to would have made doing a task like this daunting, however Bristol gives off a very safe and inviting atmosphere".

Some extraordinary stories emerged from last year's event, including two German photographers who saved the life of a man who fell into the River Avon during the early hours of the morning, Bristol photographer Jordan Gough who managed to keep snapping for the entire 24 hours of the competition, and some wonderful stories behind some of the portraits, including an 80 year old man in a cardboard hat who goes clubbing every Saturday, a Tibetan refugee who fell in love in Bristol and found sanctuary in the city, and Bristolian Andy Treasure with his giant pet turkey. 

Registration for the competition will be via the new 2014 website at www.24hoursinbristol.co.uk, from  Saturday 12th July.   An exhibition of 100 of the award winning photographs will be held at the new Harbourside Arts Centre from October 11th. 

There are some excellent prizes on offer, with a prize of £3,000, including a top of the range Olympus camera and Adobe editing package; a second prize of £1,000, sponsored by Spire The Glen Hospital Bristol, and a third prize of £500, sponsored by City Sightseeing Bristol.  City Sightseeing manager Nichola Padden said '24 Hours In Bristol is such a refreshing and exciting competition; the resulting images highlight what is so fascinating about Bristol and the multiple camera lenses provide wonderful insights into this city.’

There are also prizes for the best photographs taken in each hour of the competition, with sponsors including Clifton Cameras, the RPS, Fotospeed, PS Photography, Manfrotto, The Bristol Magazine and Barclays Bank, with weekend breaks at the Thistle Grand, The Bristol Hotel and Radisson Blu. 

Mike Porter, director of Art Ventures Ltd, the organisers of the competition, said "We are delighted that there has been such an excellent response to this year's competition and we can't wait to see the results.  We would like to thank Bristol City Council, Canada Life Investments, The Osborne Group and the prize sponsors for their support. This is a competition where everyone is a winner, either from the fun of taking part or simply enjoying the fantastic range of photographs of this vibrant, historic city."

The judging panel includes the Director General of the Royal Photographic Society and the Picture Editor of the Bristol Post, with further judges to be announced shortly.

A selection of last year's winning photographs can currently be seen at The Harbourside Arts Centre, Millennium Promenade, Bristol BS1 5TY, which is open from 1200-1900 Tuesday-Friday and 1100-1900 on Saturdays.  See www.24hoursinbristol.co.uk for further details.

Image: Rich Perrin, Night suspension.