Dr. Reg Grundy Youth Photography Competition

September 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

The annual Dr. Reg Grundy Annual Youth Photography Competition is getting set to be held by the National Museum of Bermuda [NMB] and Joy Grundy, with prizes including multiple Iron Kids accounts at Clarien Bank and a Nikon DSLR camera for Best in Show.

A spokesperson said, “The National Museum of Bermuda and Mrs. Joy Grundy welcome all primary, middle and high school students to participate in the Dr. Reg Grundy Annual Youth Photography Competition: Your Eyes on Bermuda, launching on October 5.

“The competition is an exciting opportunity for the next generation of photographers to demonstrate their appreciation for Bermuda’s natural and cultural environment in memory of Dr. Grundy.

“Open to all local photography enthusiasts aged 7-18, the competition asks local students to photograph a theme of interest – Bermuda community, Bermuda homes, or Bermuda ecosystem – and capture their chosen theme using a smart phone or digital camera.”

The NMB Director of Learning and Engagement said, “While this is primarily a photography competition, we have included a second component this year – a 50 word or less artist statement that asks students to reflect on how 2020 has changed their point of view.

“We have created resource documents for students on photography skills and how to write an artist statement, both of which can be found on the NMB website.”

Dr. Reg Grundy Photo Competition Bermuda Sept 28 2020

The spokesperson said, “Dr. Reg Grundy, AC, OBE, remains one of the key figures in the history of international television production and distribution and he is celebrated for being the pioneer of local television production on a global scale.

“Though Dr. Grundy’s life was dedicated to television, wildlife photography became his passionate avocation. As an Australian-Bermudian, Dr. Grundy cherished his island home and was enchanted by the Bermuda Longtail for the last 35 years of his life.

“He spent long hours photographing Longtails on the cliffs of Astwood Park, from his boat in Castle Harbour or up at St. David’s Battery, with camera raised, peering out to sea. His enthusiasm for wildlife photography took him to every continent, searching for the ‘right shot’ with his wife, Joy [née Chambers], the well-known author, at his side.”

Mrs. Grundy said, “The Dr Reg Grundy Annual Photographic Competition for Bermuda schoolchildren brings to life one of my husband Reg’s dreams. He had envisioned this for years and now at last it is real. Reg was happiest out in a boat on Castle Harbour, camera in hand, looking skywards to capture the endless orbits of his favourite bird, the Longtail.

“Yet he did not photograph the Longtail exclusively, he made photographs of everything which interested him. Reg believed, as I do, that a photographic competition for schoolchildren would encourage them to observe and investigate the wonder and beauty of Bermuda, help them learn patience and enable them to appreciate our island home and the people around us.”

The spokesperson said, “Students must submit photos under the following age groups: 7-10, 11-14, and 15-18. Entries can be any/all themes [Bermuda Community, Bermuda Homes or Bermuda Ecosystem], but only one photograph per theme will be accepted. Shooting using a smart phone or digital camera, students should submit a minimum file size of 1MB with a maximum file size of 50 MB.

“The format should be JPEG and the resolution a minimum of 300 dpi. In honouring Dr. Grundy’s signature style, all images should be submitted straight out of the camera, with no alterations using image editing software or digital enhancements.

“Winning entries will be displayed in Commissioner’s House at the museum and published in MARITimes, NMB’s biannual magazine, as well as the on the NMB and Reg Grundy Wildlife websites. Prizes include Iron Kids accounts at Clarien Bank, gift certificates at Phoenix Stores, and the ‘Best in Show’ will win a Nikon DSLR camera, 18-55mm and 70-300mm lenses, and camera bag.

“In addition to individual prizes, the school with the most submissions will receive a $1,500 gift certificate to AF Smith.”

NMB Executive Director Elena Strong said, “We are excited to be partnering with Mrs. Grundy and have the support of Clarien Bank, AF Smith, and Phoenix Stores for the second year of this student competition. Last year we had over 600 student submissions and we hope that number will grow, and spark creativity and reflection on how 2020 has impacted their view of home, community and Bermuda’s ecosystem.”

The spokesperson said, “The deadline for submissions for ages 7-10 is November 2; 11-14 is November 3; 15-18 is November 4. Submissions must be made online.

“An award ceremony will be held on Thursday, December 3rd, details forthcoming.”

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