Respected professionals drawn from the creative community, jury members will score submitted photographs and poems. Their average scores will lead to the final works being selected.
We understand that evaluation of any creative work involves much subjectivity and jury members will be guided by their own emotions and centres of interest. However, they will follow a selection of criteria including:
Brian Aris began his photographic career as a photojournalist, working for a London agency. Over the next nine years a series of frontline assignments took him around the world – to cover the civil unrest and riots at the start of the troubles in Northern Ireland, the plight of Palestinian children in Jordan, the civil war in Lebanon, famine in Africa and the war in Vietnam, where he worked until the final days of the conflict in Saigon.
He then decided on a complete change of direction and opened a studio in London where he started photographing fashion and glamour models for newspapers and magazines. At the same time he gradually broadened his studio work to include pop and rock stars such as Blondie, The Jam, The Clash, The Boomtown Rats, Roxy Music and The Police. And after three years he turned away from the model world to concentrate on the music industry that was exploding in Britain.
During the next two decades he covered every aspect of the music scene from punk rock, glam’ rock and straight rock ‘n’ roll with the Rolling Stones right through to the emergence of the boy bands and then the girl power that arrived with The Spice Girls. His portraits include those of Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Bob Geldof, Sting and many more…
The late Princess Margaret’s son David Linley asked Brian to take the official photographs at his wedding to Serena Stanhope and it was on that occasion that he photographed members of the Royal Family for the first time. He went on to photograph Her Majesty the Queen Mother and Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret. He was then commissioned to produce the official portraits marking both Her Majesty The Queen’s 70th birthday and, later, the Golden Wedding Anniversary of her marriage to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. His archive represents one of the largest individual collections in the U.K.
Perou is an internationally acclaimed photographer, director, TV glitch and retired clown, living locally.
Master photographer of people: sports stars, actors, musicians, politicians, models and less famous people too, for design companies, ad agencies, record companies, PR firms, magazines and more.
Recently, Perou has been photographing BIG cats: tigers, lions, cheetahs, jaguar and leopards, in a studio he set up INSIDE a lion’s den (literally not metaphorically) to highlight how endangered these animals are.