Thousands of music fans descended upon the city for the annual Worcester Music Festival in September and once again organisers invited amateur photographers to capture their memories of the weekend in a bid to win the festival’s Photography Competition. Hundreds of entries were received and assessed by a panel of judges, all of whom boast a wealth of experience in live music photography.

Music lovers and keen photographers attended the event on Sunday 21 October at The Paul Pry where the top 20 photographs were on display and the winning three photos were announced.

Adriana Vasile with her winning photo of MeMe Detroit

Adriana Vasile with her winning photo of MeMe Detroit

Adriana Vasile was crowned the winner of the 2018 competition, with a moody image of the female-fronted band MeMe Detroit performing at The Firefly. Sarah Lissemore-John and Roy Jenks took second and third place respectively.

Judge, Steve Johnston said:

“Simply enough, we were drawn by the vibrant colour and striking pose caught by Adriana Vasile for first place. Under extreme lighting conditions at The Firefly, this is a lovely frame and worthy winner. It was impossible to ignore the strength of second place Sarah Lissemore John’s image. She captured a great moment of joy and celebration at Paradiddle’s Music Café Bar. Finally, Roy Jenks’ third place photo immediately stood out to us for the wonderful framing of the subject and shadow. It is a superb editorial image.”

Competition judge, James Watkins, said: 

“Congratulations to all photographers who made the top 20, especially the winners. It was a very challenging decision and we argued a case for each of the top three photographs.”

Fellow judge, Andy Burton, commented:

“As always, the quality of entries was extremely high, which always makes it difficult for us to agree on the final top 20 photographs. We’ve noticed a growing number of talented female photographers entering the competition in the last few years who have captured some outstanding photographs of the music festival. ”

The judges commended all entrants and commented on how difficult a job it was to select the top 20.

Three winners left to right: Sarah Lissemore-John (2nd), Adriana Vasile (1st) and Roy Jenks (3rd)

Adriana won a £100 camera store voucher that was kindly donated by festival sponsors, Child Care Bureau, with £50 and £25 vouchers going to second and third place respectively.

The exhibition will continue at Paradiddles Café Music Bar on Sidbury throughout November.

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