Last Tuesday evening saw the launch of our exhibition at Getty Images Gallery Westfield, London Life.
On a chilly December evening, just a stone’s throw from East Village, we welcomed all twenty-five of the shortlisted entrants from our summertime Facebook competition, ‘My Summer in London’, where we asked Londoners to submit their favourite images of the city during a truly glorious 2012. We were also joined by a few of London’s top bloggers, as well as some intrigued passers-by, to celebrate the work of some of London’s finest amateur shooters.Entrants were given free reign to express their unique love of the capital with the use of just their camera lens and their imaginations.
Showcasing 25 truly compelling shots, each turns a reflective gaze on the different sides of life in London, as onlookers are teleported back in time to the sumptuous summer of 2012. The images really encapsulate the joyous wave of pride and excitement Londoners felt during those now long-ago summer months, following historic events including the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The amateur shots are in great company, sat alongside an array of Getty Images’ most popular archives, with the focus split between historical East London life and iconic celebrities including Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn.
Yorkshire-born Londoner, Ben Swales, pictured above, won the best camera image category with his beautiful image of summer sunlight hitting the Thames.
Interior Architect and furniture designer Stuart Wilson won the mobile category with his tranquil image of Ropemakers Field, with the city looming coolly behind and a little boy skipping towards the edge of the shot.
Ben and Stuart’s achievements were richly rewarded, with a Nikon 1 camera kit and master class with a Getty Images photographer. Both winners beat off stiff competition, battling against more than 500 competition entries from our online community. It was great to see so many of the photographers at the event enjoying a drink and looking as proud as punch with their pictures.
Bloggers, art buffs and photographers were also among the affable crowd, enjoying the warm ambience of the gallery and the grand selection of drinks and nibbles supplied by the wonderful Wahaca.
Thanks to everyone who came down on our opening night! If you missed it, entry is free to the gallery, so don’t miss out on viewing some of London’s most fantastic amateur photography!
London Life runs until 16 December at Getty Images Gallery, Unit 1119, The Street, Westfield Stratford City, Great Eastern Road, E20.