Congregational hosts faith through a lens photography event with Don McCullin

30 November 2010

Congregational teamed up with world-renowned photographer Don McCullin to announce the winners of its nationwide amateur photographic competition, Faith through a lens, at the Whitechapel Gallery this week.

Congregational launched the competition earlier this year to uncover personal experiences of faith as part of its ongoing activity to support and interact with communities across the UK.  Ten shortlisted finalists and their guests were invited to a reception where Don spoke to each of them about their work and presented prizes to the winner and two runners-up.

Over 270 budding photographers submitted entries, in an attempt to win photographic equipment for their nominated faith, church or charity group.

Amateur photographer Anthony Jarman’s image taken in Port au Prince following the Haitian earthquake earlier this year was named the winner by the judging panel, led by Don McCullin. The judges deemed the composition of the image perfect and the spirit and emotion of the shot reflects faith today and in future generations.

Congregational’s chief executive, Carlo Cavaliere, said: “Faith through a lens demonstrates our commitment to supporting communities and has proved to be a great way of engaging people from all ages, backgrounds and believes.  We hope to encourage continued interaction and are already looking into running a similar initiative next year.”