To celebrate World Photography Day on August 19th, we launched a competition with the good folks at Retail Birmingham BID for photographers to Brand Brum with a series of photographs. In no more than 10 photos, they had to show the world and our judges what Birmingham’s brand meant to them. Whether they were an iPhone snapper or professional photographer, we wanted them to capture the real beauty of Birmingham.
2 months on, we had almost 1000 photos submitted from some of the West Midlands amazing creative talent. When it came to picking a winner, we hosted our very own edition of judge’s houses. We got all of the judges in a single room and showcased all of the entries until they decided on a winner. There was some big stakes with the winner receiving £1,000 of photography equipment, courtesy of Retail Birmingham and shoppinginbirmingham.com, as well as the chance to work on a commercial photo-shoot with former Sony World Photographer of the Year, and competition judge, Martin Brent.
Judging the competition alongside Brent was Chief Executive of the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Paul Faulkner; Co-Founder & Director of Impact Hub Birmingham, Immy Kaur; Retail Birmingham BID Manager, Steve Hewlett; Former Editor of the Birmingham Post, Stacey Barnfield; renowned Birmingham photographer, Verity Milligan and our founder, Rob Bloxham.
The judges took their time but finally all agreed on one entry that stood out. The winner of our first ever BrandBrum competition is…Hanny Foxhall!
Hanny was able to capture the ‘Everyday Moments’ that made Birmingham different to any other city in the world. From shots of Snow Hill to the Birmingham Royal Ballet, she was able to showcase the creativity, beauty, realness and special moments that sum up Birmingham.
We caught up with our founder Rob Bloxham and asked him what made Hanny’s entry stand out, he said:
“When we launched #BrandBrum we knew it was going to be a challenge to choose a winner. The city’s creative scene is booming and as expected it was a very hard judging day. What made Hanny’s entry stand out from the wide range of photographs we received was how she captured the diversity in the city while creating a theme that tied each image to the next. Birmingham is changing all the time and so we really wanted to see images that showed the ongoing transformation of the city - so Hanny’s shots of the Metro and Grand Central Station made her work really distinctive.”
Hanny was delighted to be chosen as the winner and said: “I’ve been capturing Birmingham ever since I moved here. It’s a place that is filled with vibrant places, buildings, people and culture and that’s what I wanted to get across in my images. I’m so happy to have won the #BrandBrum competition and cannot wait to work with Martin on a shoot, as well as getting some new equipment to keep on capturing the city!”
Check out Hanny’s winning entry below as well as some of the judges other favourite picks.
Winner - Hanny Foxhall
Highly commended - Matthew Beach
Highly commended - Owen de Visser
Highly commended - Steve Evans
Highly commended - Tim Cornbill