Pictures (left to right): Winning image, ‘Arctic Vision’, by Caroline Flint MP; Caroline Flint with her winning photo; Judges Choice entry by Austin Mitchell MP; Judges Choice entry by Peter Luff MP; Jessops’ Sean Emmett (left) with Austin Mitchell MP (centre) and Dr Mike Maloney OBE
[Picture credits (left to right): Caroline Flint MP; Mat Gallagher; Austin Mitchell MP; Peter Luff MP; Mat Gallagher]
MPs have triumphed over Lords in the Jessops All-Party Parliamentary Photographic Competition.
Five of the six politicians chosen as winners of the contest are from the House of Commons, with just one from the House of Lords in a contest that pulled in more than 400 entries.
The victorious MPs, named as Judges Choices, were Andrew Miller, Caroline Flint, Nick Raynsford, Austin Mitchell and Peter Luff.
Lord Crathorne was the sole winner from the House of Lords.
Images from the competition, depicting politicians’ private and professional lives, have gone on public show in the Upper Waiting Hall of the House of Commons until 5 July.
Dr Mike Maloney OBE, chair of the judging panel, photographer and a former AP columnist, said: ‘The quality of entries at this year’s All-Party Photographic Competition is at an all-time high.
‘Many of the photographs look like they were taken by professional photographers rather than members of both Houses.’
Austin Mitchell, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Photography described the resulting exhibition as ‘bigger and better than ever’.
‘The entries demonstrate real improvement in the standards of photography from MPs and Peers.
‘It is your chance to see photography, ranging from happy snapping to semi-professional skills.’
Jessops Marketing and E-Commerce director Sean Emmett added: ‘The Jessops All-Party Parliamentary Photographic Exhibition provides an exceptional opportunity for UK politicians to showcase their work and give the public a unique insight into their lives through their photographs.
‘Jessops is delighted to have sponsored this event for ten years and hopes the exhibition will continue to inspire everyone to share our passion for photography.’
The exhibition moves to the Royal Robing Room of the House of Lords for a fortnight from 6 July.
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