We are very happy to announce that after receiving literally hundreds of entries from all over the world we have a winner of the first Solution Loans photographic competition!
Over a period of 3 months to the end of October we received photo entries via our website and via our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter). We used a “popular” voting process to reach a short list of 25 and then our judges reviewed these to decide on a final winner and two runners up.
The theme of the competition was “On a Journey”. Entrants interpreted this theme in dozens of ways and put their own cultural spin on it too given that we had entries from all over Europe and Asia in particular.
Our First Winner
We are proud to announce Jay Birmingham is the winner with a dramatic shot of the Winnats Pass in England’s Peak District.
Our Judges said:
We found this image more dramatic the more we looked at it. The early morning fog in the valley is in itself rather eerie. Watching the cars on their journeys descending into the valley only for their red tail lights to be swallowed up by the mist is also disconcerting. The photographer can see what the cars cannot – until the last minute. But they are so far away that even if they wanted to warn them there is nothing they can do.
We admired the overall composition with the red tail lights drawing the eye towards the fog in the valley. The slowly rising sun’s red glow helps to enhance the overall feel of the shot. Great work!
Our Runners Up
We’d Love to hear your comments about Jay’s photo and those of the runners up. Use the comments section below, or use the Facebook comments section on our main competition results page.
Given the success of this competition we’ve decided we’ll be running two competitions each year running over an extended period in each case. We want to maximise the reach of our competitions so we’ll be continuing to accept entries via social media routes (esp. Instagram and Twitter) as well as traditional means. This also serves to democratise the competition as entering via your mobile phone becomes extremely easy.
We’ll be announcing our next competition soon so we suggest you bookmark our photo competition page, and check back occasionally to see when it goes live. Good luck!
Amanda Gillam is Solution Loans's General Manager and has been since 2009. She is also a prolific writer on personal finance issues, and has been quoted numerous times in articles published on 3rd party websites and in press releases. Her...Read more about Amanda Gillam