Young Photographer Wins £1000 Prize in ACVO Photo Contest

erik-mrozinski-and-lord-provost-george-adamAt the Beautiful Scotland celebrations in The Beach Ballroom on Thursday 22nd September Erik Mrozinski (22) was announced by the Lord Provost as the winner of the Blooming Big Aberdeen photo competition.

The Blooming Big Aberdeen photo competition was designed by ACVO TSI to encourage young people to create images that express their views and experiences of the city.

Erik won a £1000 cash prize and, thanks to Aberdeen Football Club, exclusive and unique access to photograph Russell Anderson and players behind-the-scenes at Pittodrie.

Erik’s picture in the City Landscape category shows the Northern Lights playing in the sky over Aberdeen harbour and beat over 40 other entries in the competition.

The contest was judged by a panel from Aberdeen City Council Environmental Services, Aberdeen Youth Council, Graeme MacDonald Photography, ACVO and Aberdeen Inspired.  There was also a public vote at the David Welch Winter Gardens in which 336 visitors had their say.

The Awards presentation marks the second anniversary of The Big Aberdeen Event at Pittodire in 2014 which has kick-started a range of activities under its “Clean Green Aberdeen” theme.

An exhibition, sponsored by local fine art printing and developing service Photoghost, of all the shortlisted entrants across the five categories will travel to key locations across the City and an online Big Aberdeen Gallery of all entries is currently available on the ACVO website.

Winners in the individual categories will receive £100 prizes through the ACVO Bursary scheme into which ACVO Affiliated City businesses contribute while runners up will receive a donated voucher for the new Spree Book app.

northern-lights-erik-mrozinskiOVERALL WINNER – Northern Lights by Erik Mrozinski

City Landscape

1st– The Old and The New by Tom Inglis

2nd– Untitled by Eleonora Zapryanova

3rd– Untitled by Jane Tudorache

Street Photography

1st– Belmont Street- Grey by Daniel Kaminek

2nd– Entrance by Tom Inglis

3rd– Beach Scene by Xanthe Bodington

Conceptual and Expressive

1st– Broadford Works by Caitlin Wilkinson

2nd– Frozen Fall of Snow by Pabbathi Venkata Prashanth

3rd– Untitled by Erin Wyness

Nature in Bloom

1st– Untitled by Jane Tudorache

2nd– Low Tide by Daniel Kaminek

3rd– Alice in Hazelhead Park by Stoika Panova

Portrait on Location

1st– Blooming Seagulls by Rebecca Carnegy

2nd– Kevin by Patrick Neville

3rd– Badime by Margeaux Demeyer