Potato Photographer of the Year

Potato Photographer of the Year 2020  (www.potatopoty.com) was the world’s first-ever potato photography competition. It was launched to stimulate creativity at home during the first (March 2020) COVID lockdown and to raise money for the Trussell Trust.
The competition was inspired in part by the photo of a potato (Potato #345 (2010)), taken by acclaimed photographer Kevin Abosch that sold for $1million 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 money 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”

A prestigious panel of judges included   Martin Parr, Paul Hill, Angela Nicholson, Nigel Atherton and Benedict Brain and great prizes were provided by Fujifilm UK, The Royal Photographic Society,  PhotoCrowd and Brain’s Foto Guides.

The overall winner Ray Spence (see below) will receive over a £1000 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.
“I like the fact that this spud looks like a cross between a seal and a unicorn”, says Martin Parr on Laure Gibault’s image (see below)

Special Thanks to PhotoCrowdFujifilm UK, the RPS, and the expert panel of judges. 


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