Photographer's top snap
A GIFTED Tullibody photographer has topped a national competition - and a copy of the Advertiser features in the winning shot.
As reported in last week's paper, Brian Smith (44) was shortlisted from hundreds of entries to the final six in social investor Nominet Trust's comp.
The contest, hosted by Blipfoto, asked entrants to submit images illustrating what the internet means to them and the difference it has made to their lives.
Brian, a regular Blipfoto user and Forth Valley College lecturer, entered Cloud Computing - a view on the world from his alfresco office where he is seen enjoying a pleasant afternoon working in the sunshine whilst listening to digital radio. A copy of the Advertiser can be seen on his left.
The black and white snap demonstrates how the internet has revolutionised the traditional working environment. It impressed judges with its powerful, simple and very candid portrayal of just how the internet is changing the way we live and interact with our surroundings.
Brian's winning entry will take centre stage at a countrywide photography exhibition. Our Digital Planet will visit Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Liverpool and Glasgow between August and December 2012.
Brian said, "I'm really pleased that my photo has been chosen from all the hundreds that were entered. It's great to think that this snapshot of a little corner of my digital planet is now going to be seen by thousands of people across the UK."
In addition, Brian will also receive £500 worth of photography equipment and a personal workshop with renowned photographer David Collingwood.
Annika Small, Nominet Trust CEO, was impressed with the quality and creativity of the entries received and felt that each showcased the far reaching impact of the internet.
She added, "But it was Brian's photograph that really highlighted the power of the internet and its ability to change lives for the better. It was fascinating to read his story and understand how the internet has made a difference to his life.
"We hope that ultimately this winning image, alongside the other 23 inspiring photographs in Our Digital Planet exhibition, will spur people who don't currently use the internet to get online and discover its potential."
For further information on the exhibition, visit www.ourdigitalplanet.co.uk.
To flip through Brian's online photo album, where he has uploaded a picture a day for the past three years, go to www.blipfoto.com/delphwynd.
This article appeared in Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser 20 Aug 12
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