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British Photographer wins Grand Prize in Nikon Photo Contest International 2002-2003

Wednesday August 6, 2003

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British Photographer wins Grand Prize in Nikon Photo Contest International 2002-2003

British Photographer wins Grand Prize in Nikon Photo Contest International 2002-2003
Six other UK photographers amongst winners

The UK has had unprecedented success in the Nikon Photo Contest international this year.

For the first time in the history of the Contest, which began in 1969, the Grand Prize winner is British. Helen Marshall’s image entitled ‘Alice in The Gambia’ was chosen from 26,000 entries. Over 8,000 photographers from 102 different countries entered the 2002-2003 Contest - the largest number in its history.

In addition to the Grand Prize winner, the UK also has a First Prize winner, of which there are only four, a Third Prize winner of which there are 40 and four Honorable Mentions of which there are 80. The Grand Prize winner will be awarded £6,000 worth of Nikon equipment, whilst £3,000 worth of Nikon equipment goes to the First Prize winner and £300 worth of Nikon equipment to the Third Prize winner. All winners will also receive an original Nikon optical glass medal engraved with his or her name.

The theme of the 29th NPCI was “Love & Peace” and was created in collaboration with the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan (NFUAJ).

The judges chose Helen Marshall’s image, “Alice In The Gambia” because of its accurate representation of NPCI’s vision - “People from different cultures will understand each others’ viewpoints through the universal language of photography, thereby leading us all closer to the realisation of a borderless world.”

Helen Marshall, an artist living in London, captured her winning image of Alice, her daughter, on a Nikon Coolpix 775 digital camera. Helen, who has described her work as ‘diverse but often centred on collaborating with the community’, comments that ‘as an artist the potential of art practice as a tool for social change is at the forefront of my concerns and it actually drives the making of my work’.

The NPCI judges stated that, at first, "Alice in the Gambia" looks similar to an ordinary snapshot. However, upon closer inspection, they could sense a strong relationship connecting those on both sides of the camera.
To see more of Helen’s work please visit

The other UK winners are:
First Prize: James Hill of Norwich, Norfolk
Third Prize: Tom Lindsey of Taunton, Somerset
Honorable Mentions: Peter Harrap of Caerdydd, Cardiff; Zena Holloway from London and Robin Mellor from Braunton, Exeter

The NPCI is held every two years and is open to amateurs and professionals.
The 2002-2003 NPCI had two divisions: Print/Slide and the newly created Web Entry, which, with the cooperation of Yahoo! JAPAN, enabled the submission of digital images online.

There were two particular aspects that distinguished NPCI 2002-2003 from previous years. The first was a large increase in the number of entries from across Asia, including entrants from Japan, who were allowed to participate in the contest for the first time this year. The second aspect was that almost half of the entrants sent their photos through the newly established Web Entry Division, reflecting the rising popularity of digital imaging. Like NPCI contests of the past, a wide array of styles and subjects are present in this year’s entries, which further reinforces NPCI’s commitment to the celebration of diversity.

Winning photos will be published in a full-colour book – the NPCI Collection, which will be available from the Nikon distributor in each country, as well as on the NPCI website (

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