Former Amateur Photographer (AP) features editor Bob Aylott has scooped top honours in the Portraits of Britain competition.


Picture credit: Copyright Bob Aylott

Bob’s image, called ‘Day Trippers’, scooped first place in the Society category of a contest run by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Bob was presented with a £250 prize and a trophy by David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science, at a ceremony in London.

Entrants were tasked with capturing, in a single image, ‘the meaning of social sciences and society today’.

Bob said he shot the winning photo on Bournemouth Pier using a Nikon D3100 DSLR.

The Portraits of Britain contest pulled in more than 450 entries.

The ESRC, which funds research on economic and social issues, organised the contest to mark the 10th anniversary of the Festival of Social Science.

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  • Terry Rutland

    I have always thought photo competitions were rigged and this effort has re-inforced my beleif, its so boring and to me meaningless and I personally would have condemed it to the scrapheap had I taken it, but there you go perhaps thats where I have gone wrong in the past

  • Jim Vasey

    Well done Bob.Nicely spotted.

    Have missed your contributions to AP.

    What else are you up to these days (photographically that is)?

    Keep up the good work.