Through the Lens: Photography comp ends in spectacular style

Dec 01,2016

Last night, the MHR annual photography competition, Through the Lens, came to a close in a memorable awards ceremony. It was a fantastic evening of celebration, and say the talented Brian McCready crowned this year’s winner. His breathtaking work, Mourne Light, was taken in Northern Ireland, and described by the regional judge, Ian Gazzard, as a, Wonderful moment of dramatic light translated honestly in processing, creating a fascinating engaging sense of location”.

Winning shot, Mourne Light, by Brian McCready

Judge’s comments on the winning shot

Captured beautifully with a well-earned composition, this image sold the story of the theme for me. A wonderful moment of dramatic light translated honestly in processing, creating a fascinating engaging sense of location. Congratulations.” – Ian Gazzard, Judge, Northern Ireland

A celebration of Britain’s beauty

The year-long competition has exceeded all expectations in both its success and the sheer calibre of the photographs entered. The aim was to celebrate the diverse nature of Britain’s beauty. With  3,500 entries portraying the many different sides to the UK, we’re confident we achieved this goal.

Tourism in the UK is often underrated, but Through the Lens demonstrates what a fantastic offering this country has, with images that go above and beyond your usual travel photography. From the harsh beauty of an industrial landscape, to the rugged qualities of the sprawling countryside, the competition has demonstrated what a diverse country Britain is. 

Highly Commended, Lone Stag by Michael Jinks


The people of Britain

“It’s about what we bring Britain in terms of beauty, rather than about what Britain brings to us,” says Yorkshire & The Humber judge, Amber Marie Barker. And it’s easy to see why she felt this way when looking at some of the spectacularly candid ‘people shots’ of the competition.

Finalist, Beautiful Costumes at Leeds Carnival Parade 2016 by Lisa Bond

Speaking about the competition, Ian Gazzard observes that, “Britain's so diverse in a lot of different ways and it's about finding those pockets that you can connect to.” And we couldn’t agree more.

Runner-Up, Northern Lights Over North Uist by Iain A Monk


A sparkling awards night

The ceremony was hosted by Hugh Morris of the Daily Telegraph at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel in London, where spirits were lively and the bubbles were flowing. Members of the press gathered to witness the giving of awards, and the atmosphere was electric as the finalists’ works were shown in the lead-up to the main event – the announcement of the winner. There was also a question and answer session with the judges, where they talked about the reasoning behind their selections and their own careers in photography. They also imparted some invaluable advice to budding photographers!

Question and answer session with the judges

A deserving winner

Brian McCready was thrilled to be awarded the Through the Lens award. Talking about the winning shot he tells us:

"The walk through the Mournes would normally take two hours, but with a camera, it was more like four. I took about six pictures with a different foreground, each time with the sun coming through.”

When it came to editing the photograph. Other than filters on the lens and a fix of the horizon, he let the landscape did the work.

“It's just finding the composition."

Winner, Brian McCready with Millennium Hotels & Resorts Staff, Ian Gazzard and Hugh Morris

Capturing the public’s imagination

Nayan Peshkar - SVP. Digital, Distribution & Revenue Strategy at Millennium Hotels and Resorts commented:

“With 21 hotels across the UK, we’re passionate about constantly discovering new and interesting sides of this vibrant country, which is why we wanted to give photographers a chance to showcase our beautiful Britain. We’re delighted that the competition has captured the public’s imagination and with the tremendous standard of the entries.”

Now all that’s left to do is congratulate all finalists and runners-up one last time, and here’s to next year’s competition!


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