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Faith Through A Lens: national photography competition winners revealed

A powerful scene of former drug addicts reading the New Testament scooped the winner’s award at a national amateur photography competition this week ...

A powerful scene of former drug addicts reading the New Testament scooped the winner’s award at a national amateur photography competition this week.

Faith Through a Lens, created by national church insurer Congregational & General, hosted a prestigious awards event with internationally-renowned photojournalist Don McCullin and Minister for Faith and Communities, Baroness Warsi, presenting prizes.
 
Brothers in Arms (right) by Paul Triller was praised by the judging panel for its immediate impact, fantastic use of light and real intensity. Paul, who took the photo whilst in Romania, received a camera-shaped trophy sculpted by emerging artist Craig Dyson and a prize pack valued at £1,400 which included a new Nikon V1 camera.
 
The annual competition, which sees Congregational working with Inter Faith Network, aims to profile faith in the community. It included three categories in 2012; Moments of Faith, Community Spirit Against the Odds and A Year of Service (an initiative to highlight, encourage and link up faith-led volunteering and supported by the Department of Communities and Local Government – DCLG).
 
Judging panel members, who included Don McCullin and Secretary of State for Communities, the Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, shortlisted 12 images from entries submitted by amateur photographers from across the UK, judging them based on a variety of criteria including visual impact, composition and emotional connection.

Winners of each category were as follows:
 
Moments of Faith
Category winner: Brothers in Arms by Paul Triller – also awarded ‘Overall Winner’.
Prize presented by Chair of Judges for Faith Through a Lens, Don McCullin

A Year of Service
Category winner: There but for the grace of God by Rob Boler (above left).
Prize presented by Minster for Faith and Communities Baroness Warsi on behalf of the DCLG.

Community Spirit Against the Odds
Category winner: Alfred’s Lunch by Sara Phipps (right).
Prize presented by John Glass, General Superintendent, Elim Churches UK and member of the judging panel.
 
The winning photographer in each of the three categories received a prize pack valued at £1400, which included a Nikon V1 camera, with them also nominating a faith, charity or community group to receive £1000 of audio-visual or photography equipment of their choice.
 
Congregational’s Marketing Manager, Margaret Slater, said: “This year’s competition has seen a fantastic number of entries, underlining how faith is outplayed in many different scenarios in society. Our winning image, Brothers in Arms, captures this in a wonderful way and we’re delighted to announce it as winner.
 
“Congregational is committed to supporting and nurturing community groups and faith-based organisations across the UK. We’re thrilled that each of our three winners are now able to choose such an organisation to benefit from £1,000 of audio-visual and photographic equipment.”
 
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: "They say a picture is worth a thousand words and I was delighted to see A Year of Service really come alive in some terrific photos that perfectly captured the strength of our faith communities and the commitment they make to their neighbourhoods. This has been a memorable year of social action so thank you to all the budding photographers who entered and congratulations to the winners."
 
Faith Minister Baroness Warsi said: "These photos really illustrate what can be achieved when communities join together, so it was fantastic to see all of the photographs that were submitted for the competition. Thank you to all those who took part, it is great to have a permanent record of A Year of Service events – here’s to another successful year of faith volunteering and social action."
 
For more information visit www.faiththroughalens.co.uk

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