Dr. Grundy Photography Competition Deadlines

October 27, 2020

The National Museum of Bermuda [NMB] is reminding Bermuda students of the deadlines for the Dr. Reg Grundy Annual Youth Photography Competition, which will be on November 2 for students aged 7-10, November 3 for students aged 11-14, and November 4 for students aged 15-18.

A spokesperson said, “The National Museum of Bermuda and Mrs. Joy Grundy welcome all Bermuda students ages 7-18 to participate in the Dr. Reg Grundy Annual Youth Photography Competition: Your Eyes on Bermuda, which launched on October 5, 2020.

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

“The deadlines for the competition are November 2 [students aged 7-10], November 3 [students aged 11-14], and November 4 [students aged 15-18]. NMB encourages students to take and submit photos while on half-term break this week.

“Submissions must be made online only.

Dr. Reg Grundy Youth Photography Competition Bermuda Oct 2020

“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.”

NMB Director of Learning and Engagement Lisa Howie 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.”

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. Reg 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 online 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 NMB and Reg Grundy Wildlife websites.

“Prizes include an 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, “To submit and for more information, click here.

“An award ceremony will be held on Thursday, December 5; details forthcoming.”

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