A few words from Graham Parkinson, last year's winner:
Winning the competition was a great thrill. The most important consequence was having my own exhibition at Lauderdale House, for several reasons. It forced me to look critically at my own work and decide which photographs had that extra something to make them deserve being shown; preparing the show, mounting, framing, designing the layout, writing information etc was a challenge and lot of work but very rewarding; and I realised that an exhibition for any artist is an interface between yourself/your work and the big wide world and that you benefit hugely from the feedback, and to my great delight I sold 14 of the prints. This meant I covered all my expenses, and my particular pleasure was that, since I had decided to give most of any proceeds to a small charity I am involved with in Ladakh, in the Himalayas, I was able to send them a significant sum of money. It was very satisfying that several of the elderly Tibetan refugees whose portraits gazed out from the walls of the gallery were the ultimate beneficiaries of my winning the competition last year.