Julie Kertesz wins Culture24 Museums at Night 2009 Flickr photo competition

By Culture24 Staff | 20 November 2009
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a photograph of a couple sat in a gallery as two young children point to a painting

(Above) Winner of the Museums at Night Flickr Photo Competition. Julie Kertesz, Late Night at Museums (National Portrait Gallery after 9pm)

After a whirlwind trip to Museums at Night in May 2009 with her grandchildren, amateur photographer and silver surfer Julie Kertesz has been announced as the winner of the Culture24 Museums at Night 2009 Flickr competition.

We asked people who were visiting a Museums at Night event to photograph their evening and share their best shots on Flickr. You can see the whole pool of images here.

The pictures were judged by Gordon MacDonald, editor of Photoworks magazine and Susanna Brown, Curator of Photographs at London's Victoria and Albert Museum. The categories were Nightscape, Action and Objects and we have created a gallery on Flickr showing the winner and runner-up in each category.

a photograph of a downstairs bar lit with smokey shafts of light

Paul J White, Northern Stage Cellar Bar

"We're really pleased with the response to the competition and we'll certainly be using the pictures in Culture24 editorial to promote Museums at Night 2010," said Culture24 editor Richard Moss.

"Congratulations to all of the winners. I hope all of the photographers will be out and about with their cameras again next year.

"With a much bigger Museums at Night already shaping up for 2010, there will be lots of opportunities for budding photographers to snap away in museums, galleries and other interesting places. We'll be running the same competition, so I hope even more people will take part."

a photograph of a boy running up a rampway reflected in glass on either side

Teena Vallerine, Three Boys Running

As well as being the overall winner, Julie was the winner of the Objects category with her shot from the National Portrait Gallery. Paul J White's moody study of a downstairs bar exhibition was chosen as the runner-up.

Teena Vallerine won the Action category for a snap of her son coolly reflected in the glass walls of the Sainsbury Centre's entrance tunnel at dusk.

The Action runner-up award went to the Late Shows team in Newcastle, who captured an unusual moment when dancers descended on Newcastle Library for an impromptu performance.

a photograph of three female dancers in negligees

The Late Shows Team, Late Shows Newcastle 2009

The oft-snapped Roman Baths in Bath provided the inspiration for the winner of the Nightscape category, with Christina West's beautifully composed photo, which captured the Roman architecture reflected in the Baths' serene water.

Runner-up was "KRBristol" for their dramatic diagonals in a shot of the illuminated Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol.

The winning picture by Julie Kertesz features two young children staring intently at the art while a couple enjoy a quiet moment at the National Portrait Gallery's Museums at Night 2009 event.

a photograph of an outdoor bath with mist rising from it and a church visible in a twilight sky in the distance

Christina West, Roman Baths

"I am really happy and very pleased that I have won," said Julie. "My granddaughter pointed out the painting of the ballerina first and I was immediately drawn towards it and saw the opportunity for the picture.

"What made Museums at Night so special for me was being with my grandchildren, who decided what pictures we were looking at – they keep going until they are fascinated by a detail of a painting or a sculpture."

A regular Flickr photographer and ardent blogger, 75-year-old Julie has promised to take more photos during Museums at Night 2010, which takes place on the weekend of May 14 – 16.

a photograph of a suspension bridge illuminated at night

KRBristol, Clifton Bridge Night Tour

Culture24 will publish an interview with Julie about her photography and love of blogging and Flickr on Monday.

See a gallery of the Museums at Night Photography Competition winners on Flickr

Watch out for more information about Museums at Night 2010 on Culture24.

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