St Ives photographer’s poignant image selected among world’s best

Alan Bennett's award-winning image, taken in a care home in Fenland.

Alan Bennett's award-winning image, taken in a care home in Fenland. - Credit: Archant

An image captured by a photographer from St Ives has been selected among the top 10 in a global competition.

Alan Bennett, of St Ives.

Alan Bennett, of St Ives. - Credit: Alan Bennett

The international learning company Pearson, creative agency Mother London and design partner Together invited photographers to submit images that “captured the essence and emotion of education and learning”.

Among the more than 500 photographs submitted was one from Alan Bennett, of Media Imaging Solutions.

The judges, including British photographer Rankin, selected Alan’s photograph, which won him a prize of more than £300.

His picture features a resident in a retirement home encouraging his great granddaughter as she tentatively walks down a corridor.

Alan, who also co-ordinates the A14 informal networking group in St Ives, was on an assignment at the Park Lodge Retirement Home, in March, Fenland, when he saw the photo opportunity.

“I just saw the gentleman and the little girl walking down the corridor and I was inspired by their responses to one another to take a photograph,” Alan said. “When I contacted Pearson sometime later about commercial work they informed me about the competition and I knew just the photo that I would send them.

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“I am so proud to have been selected by the judges, particularly by someone with the reputation of Rankin and to find my work appreciated in this way, along with photographers from around the world.”

Alan has more than 30 year’s photographic experience and is a member of the National Photographic Society and is also a member of the Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce.