Best in Show Winners – Shutter Hub OPEN Exhibition 2014

It doesn’t seem like so long since we were celebrating the start of our OPEN Exhibition 2014, but now it’s over and the votes for Best in Show are all in and counted! So, without any further drum rolls or fanfares, here are the top three works from the exhibition as chosen by the public:

1st Place: Swee Hoe Lim – Searching The Destiny

2nd Place: Mohammed Munir El Kadir – Boat Hull

3rd Place: Justin Carey – Reserved

Highly Commended: John Kiely – Cwm Croesor

Votes were cast by ballot by visitors to the exhibition and also online, and although the photographs above were the most popular, all of the works received high praise. Congratulations to Swee Hoe Lim on his work Searching The Destiny which we think you’ll agree was a worthy winner. We hope to follow up with an interview with Swee Hoe Lim in future.

John Kiely received recognition in the ‘Highly Commended’ category for his wonderful landscape Cwm Croesor. The image seems to convey a great sense of space and atmosphere and was a great addition to the works on show at the exhibition.

The exhibition was visited by 2510 people in all (which is brilliant) and some of the feedback they left was tremendous.

David Wright, Curator at the Wisbech & Fenland Museum and formerly of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London said:

The Shutter Hub open exhibition provided an excellent opportunity for the Museum to show case contemporary art work. Technical developments in photography have accelerated in recent times. Many camera owners now have the skill to create a competent image effortlessly and capture and record a moment for themselves and to share with others. Yet a true artistic work will contain extra elements and surprise features which will engage the viewer and delight.

Some of the photographic works in the show had an instant impact whether through size or recognisable content others revealed themselves slowly. They all retained the viewer’s gaze and absorbed and kindled interest. Collectively the range of techniques offered by an array of international photographers provided an experience and an inspiration for all.

We would like to thank everyone who submitted their work and took part. Special thanks also goes to the staff at the Hudson Gallery at the Wisbech & Fenland Museum for their hard work.

We look forward to getting to see more great work at our future exhibitions!