As you know, here at Pop-Up, we believe that there is an abundance of creative talent in the city of Nottingham.  Our quest is simply to give that talent an opportunity to be seen by a much wider audience. 
 
Since February we have been running an exciting photography competition with that purpose in mind.  Professional’s and amateurs alike were invited to participate, with the only criteria for entries being creativity, innovation and how well the image represents Nottingham.  
 
The challenge was to find that one special image that illustrates Nottingham, and we think that we have finally achieved our goal.
 
The response to the initial call out was immense, and far exceeded our expectations.  So we enlisted the help of a judging panel made up of local photography professionals, celebrities and gallery representatives to whittle the entries down.  On 2nd April, the judges gathered around the table at Fat Cat’s Nottingham, and scored each image, based on the criteria.  
 
A big thank you to all of our judges…
 
Beth Marriott Beth is passionate about food and drink, amongst other things.  
She is a regular blogger for Pop Up Nottingham and often pops up, selling her wares at local markets.
 
Ioney Smallhorne Ioney is a documentary maker and poet.  She is also a regular blogger for Pop Up Nottingham and is always on the go with a new creative project.
 
Leon Graham Leon has been driving the breakfast show on local radio station 97.5 Kemet FM for the last four year’s.
 
Armindokht Shoosthtari Armin is a Photograpghy graduate who is currently working for the New Art Exchange before she finishes her PHD.
 
Ben Harriott Ben is a locally based professional photographer and digital artist; he is the founder of UrBen Media and is a big believer that “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.”
 
Julie Glynn Julie is has been a Secondary School art teacher for longer than she cares to remember, but she is also a locally based artist in her own right.
 
Lee Gough Lee is a very talented singer/songwriter who recently released two singles with some rather impressive backers.
 
Tom Harris Tom is a huge believer in the standard of creativity in Nottingham.  He not only talks the talk, he certainly walks the walk too.  He is one of the founders of Project S2dio and regularly collaborates with local artists to make great music.
 
Matthew Shaw Matt is one of the top cocktail makers at Fat Cats in Nottingham, we know, we’ve sampled all of them!  
 
Mark Pugh Award winning photographer, Mark specialises in Wedding Photo journalism, Bridal Film Portraits and Landscapes. His photography is reserved for discerning clients who appreciate the need to document emotive imagery.
 
The judges top 5 images were then handed over to the public, who have been busy voting through our facebook, twitter and google plus accounts over the last 7 days and now we have our winner! 
 
But we’ll tell you on Monday.
 
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Article by Lucy G / 14th April 2012

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