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The Winner of Metro Global Photo Challenge 2008

midnight tram to humber

midnight tram to humber

MDelogu“Midnight Tram to Humber has a sense of eternity to it. I see it almost like a short novel in picture format - the kind of picture that could spark a love story. I found it evocative and straightforward. It’s an image that doesn’t want to attract you, but which you cannot help being attracted to.”

Marco Delogu

PKelly“Deserving winner - strong composition, great mix of light and a mood that echoes a ‘Gorillas-in-the-mist’ jungle dawn scene. An accomplished piece of work that draws well on the outer boundaries of the ‘Urban Jungle’ brief.”

Paul Kelly

PWearing“The global winner ” Midnight Tram to Humber” jumped off my screen the first time I saw it; it’s haunting, mysterious and edgy. Not surprising , the image received high praise from the voting public. “

Paul Wearing

The Global Jury about their experience

MDelogu“[the competition was a tough challenge]… and it became a challenge for me as chairman, as the final decision-making was a difficult task. Some of the pictures really made me think and reflect about things and will remain in my memory for a very long time.” Read more: Interview with Marco Delogu

Marco Delogu/ Rome

PKelly“The Metro photo-challenge 2008 was a pleasure to judge.It is great to see so many people out recording what they see on a day to day basis. A famous photographer once said that he takes a picture every day, just for practice. One day the photograph is  a lucrative commission the next day its purely for the joy of honing his skills. The key,like any passion is practice - to keep looking,keep seeing and most importantly to keep recording what you see so as to share it with the rest of us.”

Paul Kelly / Dublin

PWearing“It was a privilege to be Canada’s member on the Global Jury of the Metro Photo Challenge 2008 competition. The response to the competition was awesome, attracting 55,000 entries.The “Urban Jungle” theme inspired some very clever compositions. I was impressed with imagination of all the shooters and quality of the images entered.”

Paul Wearing / Toronto

UBradhe“To be one of the jury members of this enormous photo challenge has been a big honour! The winning pictures are really high class. The competing pictures seem to get better and better every year. I’ve been a jury member in several “Picture of the year” contests with only professional photographers competing, the MPC-winners seems to get closer and closer to that high level.”

Urban Bradhe / Stockholm

uwajedi Canada

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–>Romina McGuinness Metro caught up with Joel Charlebois, winner of this year’s global photo challenge to find out exactly how it feels to have competed against and won over, 55 000 entries. Canadian Charlesbois, from Toronto shares his joys and views after winning the ‘Urban Jungle’ challenge with his stunning entry ‘ Midnight Tram to Humber’.

What was your initial reaction when you found out you were the winner of the Global Photo Challenge? It was pretty overwhelming as the whole experience has actually been very random. I only entered because one of my friends told me about it- as I was unemployed at the time, I wasn’t commuting and picking up Metro, so I very nearly missed out.

How was the picture taken? I studied Film when I was in college so I have always been a very visual person- but it had been a while since something had really triggered my inspiration. Then, about a year ago, there had been a few foggy nights in Toronto, and every time I would walk home in the dark, I would wonder what it would be like to capture those eerie moments on camera. So one night, I wrapped up warm, took my backpack and little Point & Shoot camera (!) and spent three hours waiting for the perfect shot in the street. I wasn’t working at the time, so I could afford to be up in the middle of the night. Why did you choose to name the photo “Midnight Tram to Humber”? In general when I take a shot, I don’t tend to name or file it but obviously, I had to in order to enter the Photo Challenge. So I spoke to one of my friends who is an artist and he told me the best thing to do was to keep it as simple and literal as possible, like ‘Girl holding a mug’. That in mind, I remembered that when I had been out taking the shot I’d had the Gladys Knight song, ‘Midnight train to Georgia’ humming in my head, so adapted that title to suit my shot.

Did you do any campaigning throughout the competition in order to get people to vote for you? I have to admit that I had a bit of an Obama moment and used Facebook as my main ‘campaign tool’. I got my friends to change their status to get people to vote for me and generally bugged not only my friends, but also their friends to vote for me. After having done this, I can honestly say I no longer loathe advertisers but actually have a new-found respect for them. I also kept a close eye on the voting status on the website.

Has winning the Photo Challenge given you a boost to take photography more seriously, or maybe even make it your career? It has certainly given me a major boost- as well as an amazing camera to work with (as my prize) and not the little shoot and point I used previously. I am definitely going to try and use this opportunity to realise my dreams.

“Your photo from Paris trip will be published in 4 continents and seen by 20 million Metro readers. How do you feel about this? I am overwhelmed by the push Metro has been giving this contest – and me.  It is a wonderful opportunity for far-reaching exposure and a worthy credit to any résumé. I see Paris as half-vacation and half-photo assignment.  I intend to enjoy myself, but also work hard to meets the standards and expectations of Metro.

Your photo was viewed and commented on by thousands of people worldwide. Other photographers could also contact you directly via the website- did you make any friends or contacts through the challenge? I was surprised by the response I received on the website. I’m the second most viewed photo out of 55,000 entries… and some very daunting competition.  I had some supportive email exchanges. My favourite international contact is Metro Photo Challenge participant from Ireland Kevin McNicholas.  His street photography was outstanding.

How does it feel to be an amateur  - yet having beaten professional photographers who took part in the challenge? It  is a thrilling achievement. More so that I won with a photo I shot on a Canon SD500 point-and-shoot and $20 plastic tripod.  It’s motivation for anyone with an eye – but not necessarily the fancy tools – to keep shooting.  

This has been a bit of an iconic month for you- hasn’t it? Yes it really has.  Firstly, although I was unemployed when I entered the competition I now have a job, which is great. Then, as I was one of the finalists in Canada, I got to take part in the Photo Exhibition arranged by Metro in the CN Centre. Seeing ‘Midnight tram to Hummer’ exposed and being admired by hundreds of people was a fantastic feeling- and this on the night of my 30th birthday! Obviously I then won the Photo Challenge globally, which is even more amazing. So yes, it’s been a good month I’d say.

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  1. 2008年12月8日 07:45 浪石



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