The winners of the #ibelong Instagram Open Call, part of the PhotoEast festival, have been announced following an international call out for amateur and professional photographers to take part.
The Open Call centred around the PhotoEast 2018 theme of Belonging and attracted almost 3,000 entries.
Using the hashtag #ibelong18, photographs ranged from personal family archives, to political statements about the refugee crisis or Aboriginal rights in Australia. Those chosen include a mixture of landscape and portrait, street photography and still life, images drawn from long-term projects or simple moments of reflection on the theme.
Forty of the best images will form the On The Fence exhibition, along the Ipswich Waterfront, from Thursday 24 May when the PhotoEast festival opens.
The winning entries were selected by Fiona Shields, Head of Photography at The Guardian, and Adrian Evans, Director of Panos Pictures photo agency.
Fiona said: “True to the social nature of Instagram, the topic “I belong” inspired contributions from far and wide, coming together to form a varied and vivid collection of images. With entries by photographers from Ipswich to Iran, it has been a privilege to take part in making the final selection to exhibit and to share some wonderful interpretations.”
Among the entries were several from Suffolk.
BA (Hons) Photography graduate from the University of Suffolk, Chris Mapey, submitted a photo taken at a friend’s wedding last year. “I was asked to shoot candid portraits of the guests, and this woman turned away from the camera at the last moment. Sometimes people don’t want to belong,” he muses.
Local photographer Sarah Lucy Brown’s work is also featured. Her portrait is of Ipswich veteran Stanley Chambers who flew Spitfires during the Second World War and supported squadrons at the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944. He was one of six Ipswich war veterans to be given the Legion d’Honneur, the highest honour in France for the part he played that night. “Belonging is...contributing to a greater cause” says the photographer.
All the images will be available in an on-line gallery at www.photoeast.co.uk and will be shown in the On The Fence exhibition along the Ipswich Waterfront from 24 May- 24 June 2018.
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