Potato Photographer of the Year 2020 has just announced its winner and runners-up. Yes, you read that right there is a competition for the best photo of potatoes. And yes, it’s as amusing as it sounds. Who would have thought a simple potato could bring out so much creativity in people?
The unusual competition was founded with two noble goals in mind. One is to collect money and help the Trussell Trust to provide food for people in need at this time of crisis. And the other is to help photographers push their creative boundaries and have some fun in lockdown.
There have been ten top images announced, and the overall winner is Ray Spence with his amusing photo of a potato getting a lockdown haircut. He will receive over £1,000 in prizes. These include a Fujifilm X-A7, a year’s membership of the Royal Photographic Society, a one-to-one workshop with photographer Benedict Brain and a three-year Photocrowd master-level subscription.
If you were wondering about the inspiration behind the contest, it’s not potato cameras or anything like that. It was inspired in part by the photo of a potato taken by photographer Kevin Abosch that sold for $1million in 2016. “We didn’t quite raise a million bucks I had secretly hoped for,” says competition organizer Benedict Brain, “but the few grand we did raise will go a long way to help provide much-needed food for the Trussell Trust. And there seems to be a healthy interest in running another competition next year.”
[via Digital Camera World]