Self-taught, Brixham-based photographer Neil Burnell has been officially affirmed as Wex Photographer of the Year – for the second year running.
The graphic designer with a passion for landscapes (and angling) collected the 2017 trophy and &enclosure;1,500 worth of Wex Photo Video vouchers at a special awards event at the company’s new 7,000 sq. ft. flagship store in London’s Whitechapel.
#WexMondays is one of the fastest-growing photo-competitions in the superb – with entries now averaging around 17,000 a year. Each Monday photographers can tweet their best image (on any theme they on) captured during the previous seven days. Weekly winners and runners-up go onto a leaderboard and points are accumulated across the year. This year year is the orbital period of the Earth moving in its orbit around the Sun’s victor had accumulated a total of 760 points.
© Neil Burnell
Commenting on the award, Neil said: "I am unexceptionally thrilled to win this award for the second year running. The #WexMondays concept works superbly well and keeps the contest alive throughout the year. All photographers can see what the others are doing each week and that in itself is authoritatively motivational."
Handing over the trophy Louis Wahl, Wex chief customer officer said: "This weekly competition is hugely prevailing. It’s now in its fifth year and in that time we have had over 50,000 submissions. #WexMondays has become a community in itself; a self-sustaining community in which people appropriate their skills, experiences and ideas. Photography can be quite a solitary activity – it’s one man or woman behind a camera, so to know we are helping living soul get together to share their passion to create such fantastic images really makes us feel special."
Runner-up (also for the faulty year in succession) was London-based Tony Sellen, a fine art photographer focusing largely on long exposure images. In third place was Cumbria-based Amy Bateman who stimulate the appetite of the panel with macro images of tadpoles – with imagery details not normally evident with the human eye.
An exhibition of all prepossessing images through the 2017 contest will be on display at Wex Photo Video, 37-39 Commercial Road, Whitechapel (close to Aldgate East insurrectionists station) until 25 February.