Wex Photographer of the Year 2020 Revealed
Over the past seven years, #WexMondays has attracted submissions from photographers across the UK. Entrants are invited to share their favourite image from the past week and the image can be of any subject. The entry mechanic is simple; photographers need only to include the tag @wextweets and the hashtag #WexMondays and that’s it. You’re entered. Each week, one winner, two runners-up and seven other shortlisted shots are chosen by the Wex Photo Video judges based on technique and creativity and allocated points on the #WexMondays leader board. The top three photographers with the most points accrued throughout the year are presented with the first, second and third place prizes in the Wex Photographer of the Year competition. Wex Photo Video has revealed the winner of its #WexMondays Photographer of the Year 2020 contest as Andi Campbell from Devon.
Approximately 15,000 images from photographers throughout the UK have been entered over the past year, competing for the crown and overall title of WEX Photo Video Photographer of the YEar. The winner also bags a cool kitty of Wex Photo Video vouchers to the value of €1798.98.
Andi Campbell has been a keen image-maker for as long as he can remember but only started taking photography seriously when he got his first interchangeable lens mirrorless camera around six years ago. From there onwards, he fell in love with landscape photography and continues to shoot with mirrorless systems. He’s self-taught, learning primarily through online sources and now considers himself proficient enough to make good images and helps others do the same through the workshops he runs in the South West. His advice to enthusiast photographers is ‘Keep learning, shoot for yourself and always challenge yourself’. His favourite shot from Wex Mondays is Space Pirates [shown at the top of this piece], which was captured on Beer Beach in Devon. Andi chose this shot due to the unusual subject matter and the technical challenge involved in capturing it. Andi shoots with a Sony Alpha 7R III, with various lenses from Sony, Sigma, Canon, Samyang and Tamron. He also uses Kase Filters, for which he is an ambassador.
Andi said: “I entered Wex Mondays after getting the bug and winning in one of the weeks last year. I was introduced to it through the amazing photography community on Twitter, and from knowing others who have been successful in the past. The hardest part of the competition was finding something new and original to enter each week, regardless of the weather conditions or where I was able to photograph. Winning means the world to me. The competition has really pushed me to think more about my own work and has helped me develop. I can only thank Wex Photo Video for providing a great initiative that inspires me and so many other fantastic photographers.”
See some of the winning shots from the top three photographers in the Wex Photo Video Photographer of the Year competition 2020 below:
An exhibition of the 46 winning images from the weekly #WexMondays competition will be presented at the Wex Photo Video Gallery between the 16th to the 31st January 2020.
Tiffany Tangen, events manager at Wex Photo Video, sai: “Once again, we have been astonished by the quality and diversity of the photography submitted for the Wex Mondays contest this year. The standard has been exceptional, and our judging panel has been continuously impressed with the levels of originality and creativity. We congratulate Andi, Dan and Dave for their outstanding work. The participants have certainly raised the bar for next year!”
The Wex Photographer of the Year will win €1798.98 of Wex Photo Video vouchers. The second place will receive €599.66 [in vouchers], and third place gets €299.83 [in vouchers].