Shutter Hub OPEN 23/24: Best In Show – Winner Announced

Woman in street wearing yellow clothes lit by low winter sunlight

Soho Girl © Ken J Rutherford

The Shutter Hub OPEN 23/24  ran from 27 November 2023 – 16 February 2024 at the ARB Building at Cambridge University, bringing together over 130 international photographers and promoting the future of photography through diverse and creative imagery.

We were delighted with the positive reaction to the exhibition – a reaction so positive in fact that the exhibition was extended! Originally due to close on the 02 February 2024, it’s run was extended by two weeks and the exhibition ended on 16 February 2024. It saw visitors from around the world and we had educational visits from colleges and universities, including a group from Anglia Ruskin University studying curational practice.


Our Best in Show award was created as a fun and engaging way to involve more people in responding to photography, it’s very much about audience participation and connecting people through images.

The votes have been counted, and we’re pleased to announce that the Shutter Hub OPEN 23/24 Best in Show accolade goes to Ken Rutherford, for his image Soho Girl (shown above). Congratulations Ken!


On being announced Best in Show, Ken said: “Given the amazing talent so evidently on display in Cambridge, I am both delighted and honoured to have “Soho Girl” voted Best in Show at the OPEN 23/24 exhibition. I am really pleased that this candid moment, captured on the streets one cold winter’s day, resonated so much with everyone and would like to thank people for making the time and effort to vote.”


Following up closely in the public vote, our Best in Show second and third place are Frauke van Lierop and  Jemma Bannocks.


Created Mistakes © Frauke van Lierop

I Prefer the Winter © Jemma Bannocks

If you missed the exhibition in person, you can still see some lovely photographs of the installed exhibition here.

With huge thanks to all of the exhibitors, and visitors, and to everyone who looked, absorbed, and voted in the Shutter Hub OPEN 23/24. Until next time!


Shutter Hub OPEN 23/24 was supported by:
Newspaper Club.



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