Dr. Reg Grundy Youth Photography Finalists

December 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

On Thursday [Dec 9], on a Zoom gathering of 51 students, teachers, family members, sponsors, judges and Minister of Education Diallo Rabain, the National Museum of Bermuda [NMB] revealed the 27 finalists of the third year of the Dr. Reg Grundy Annual Youth Photography Competition: Your Eyes on Bermuda.

One of the winning entries: Alisa Lightbourne, Middle School [11-14], Sandys Middle School

Alisa Lightbourne, Middle School (11-14), Sandy’s Middle School

A spokesperson said, “In memory of Dr. Reg Grundy, AC, OBE, whose photographic legacy and passion for Bermuda live on in his work, Mrs. Joy Chambers Grundy and NMB established the Dr. Reg Grundy Annual Youth Photography Competition in 2019. Open to all local photography enthusiasts aged 7 – 18, the competition is designed to inspire the next generation of photographers and encourage an appreciation for Bermuda’s natural and cultural environment and a desire to protect it.”

When asked about this year’s competition, Mrs. Grundy said: “The standard of the photographs in this year’s competition was exceptional. Hearty congratulations to all who entered. I hope that our competition might inspire at least one of the entrants to become a professional photographer one day”.

One of the winning entries: Alessia Vianello, Primary [7-10], Somerset Primary

Alessia Vianello, Primary (7-10), Somerset Primary

A spokesperson added, “The judges, Meredith Andrews, internationally renowned Bermudian photographer, Dr. Deborah Atwood, NMB Curator, and Chinni Mahadevan, Reg Grundy Photographic Libraries Curator, had a trying time choosing finalists from nearly 800 submissions, submitted by 29 different schools in Bermuda.

“Students submitted photos under the following themes: Bermuda Families, Bermuda Buildings and Bermuda Nature in three age categories, 7-10, 11-14 and 15-18. Winners received Iron Kids Accounts at Clarien Bank [amounts of $500, $300, and $200 based on age group], runners up received $150 gift cards to Brown & Co. stores, and the school with the most submissions – Mount Saint Agnes – won a $1,500 gift certificate to AF Smith for school supplies. All finalist photographs are on display on the second floor of Commissioner’s House at NMB and are featured on the NMB website. All finalists also received two free Museum admission passes to bring their family members to NMB to see their photographs.”

One of the winning entries: Seri Fisher, Middle School [11-14], Warwick Academy

Seri Fisher, Middle School (11-14), Warwick Academy

Minister Diallo Rabain, who attended the virtual ceremony said: “Each year, this competition provides an opportunity for Bermuda’s students to engage with photography, develop their creativity and enhance their visual literacy and ability to see the world around them in a unique way. I’m always impressed with the number of submissions, and it is very encouraging to see the competition continue to grow. Being able to appreciate art at an early age is such a vital skill set to take with you for the rest of your life.”

Alessia Vianello of Somerset Primary won her age group [7-10] in the Bermuda Buildings category and her entry was also chosen as Best in Show, winning not only a $200 Iron Kids account but also a Canon EOS Rebel T7 DSLR camera with lenses, memory card, filters and monopod, donated by Mrs. Grundy.

Elena Strong, Executive Director of NMB, stated: “We were blown away by the number of submissions this year – 760 – which is more than double what we had last year! We also had the most number of schools submit entries this year, 29 in total, as well as students who are homeschooled. These are both very encouraging signs that the competition is becoming an important and exciting annual event. The caliber of the photos increases each year and we are all excited to see what the future years hold.”

One of the winning entries: Keegan Dyer, Middle School [11-14], M.S.A.

Keegan Dyer, Middle School (11-14), M.S.A.

Finalists list:

School with the highest percentage of submissions:

  • Mount Saint Agnes

Age Category 7-10

  • Neve Mellor, Mount Saint Agnes, Honourable Mention, Bermuda Buildings
  • Ruth Correia, Homeschooled, Honourable Mention, Bermuda Families
  • Sophia Clingerman, Somersfield Academy, Honourable Mention, Bermuda Nature
  • Owen Roberts-Pitcher, St. George’s Preparatory School, Runner Up, Bermuda Buildings
  • Alessia Vianello, Somerset Primary, Winner and Best in Show, Bermuda Buildings
  • Alessia Vianello, Somerset Primary, Runner Up, Bermuda Families
  • Indica Wilson Bean, Victor Scott, Winner, Bermuda Families
  • Amouri Hollis, Francis Patton, Runner Up, Bermuda Nature
  • Savana Honey Walters, Saltus, Winner, Bermuda Nature

Age Category 11-14

  • Chayce Richardson, Somersfield, Honourable Mention, Bermuda Buildings
  • Lara Nicholson Pavkovic, Warwick Academy, Honourable Mention, Bermuda Families
  • Keegan Dyer, Mount Saint Agnes, Honourable Mention, Bermuda Nature
  • Maia Schrum, BHS, Runner Up, Bermuda Buildings
  • Seri Fisher, Warwick Academy, Winner, Bermuda Buildings
  • Seri Fisher, Warwick Academy, Runner Up, Bermuda Families
  • Keegan Dyer, Mount Saint Agnes, Winner, Bermuda Families
  • Sarah Anne Haziza, BHS, Runner Up, Bermuda Nature
  • Alisa Lightbourne, Sandys Middle School, Winner, Bermuda Nature

Age 15-18

  • Morgan Phillips, Saltus Grammar, Honourable Mention, Bermuda Buildings
  • Matai Phipps, CedarBridge Academy, Honourable Mention, Bermuda Families
  • Mahy Straw, Berkeley Institute, Honourable Mention, Bermuda Nature
  • Vanessa Daley, Berkeley Institute, Runner Up, Bermuda Buildings
  • Eira McHugh, Bermuda College, Winner, Bermuda Buildings
  • Zae’ya Tucker-Crockwell, Berkeley Institute, Runner Up, Bermuda Families
  • Marissa Norville, CedarBridge Academy, Winner, Bermuda Families
  • Naomi Every, Somersfield, Runner Up, Bermuda Nature
  • Tommy Marshall, Warwick Academy, Winner, Bermuda Nature

Please click here to see all the winning entries on the NMB website, they are excellent and well worth a look!

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