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Winner of the World’s first International Potato Photography competition: ‘End of lockdown’

Today the organizers of the World’s first international Potato photography competition are thrilled to announce the winner… And the overall winner is: Ray Spence.

The competition was inspired in part by the photo of a potato taken by acclaimed photographer Kevin Abosch that sold for $1 million in 2016. It is a splendid photograph and just goes to show there’s an appetite for potato-based photo-art…

“We didn’t quite raise a million bucks I had secretly hoped for,” says competition organiser Benedict Brain, “but the few grand we did raise will go a long way to help provide much-needed food for the Trussell Trust. And there seems to be a healthy interest in running another competition next year” 

“This is delightful, imaginative, and a good laugh. And again, a bit bonkers. What we all need at this grim time. Love it!”, says acclaimed photographer, Paul Hill.

“This picture manages to introduce a topical lockdown obsession to the brief of photographing a potato. It takes a great imagination to see a sprouting potato as a head covered with hair, and there is a lot of humor in the way the picture has been executed. This looks like an alien lifeform, photographed on the surface on a barren planet by a NASA robot.” – Nigel Atherton

The overall winner Ray Spence will receive over £1000 in prizes. Including a Fujifilm X-A7, a year’s membership of the Royal Photographic Society, a one to one workshop with photographer Benedict Brain and a 3 years of Photocrowd master-level subscription.

Special Thanks to PhotoCrowd, Fujifilm UK, the RPS, and the expert panel of judges – which included Martin Parr, Paul Hill, Angela Nicholson, Nigel Atherton, and Benedict Brain.

Benedict Brain is available for comment on +44 (0)7875 579955 or [email protected]

Lukie Pieterse, Editor and Publisher of Potato News Today

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