Freeport, Bahamas - It was good to see most of the entrants together with members of
their families and other supporters at the charming little prize giving
ceremony on the Labyrinth on Friday 23rd April, also Shakespeare's
Left to right: Bill Nelson, Rico Thompson, Lyndah Wells, Barbara Chester, Katie Hindley, Sarah Kowles, Candice Woon, and Kevin Winter Photo: Erika Gates
Our young photographers once again presented the judges with
difficult choices in selecting this year's winners. Consideration was given to all aspects of art, design, form,
structure, lighting and presentation; in addition to other criteria
and this year included an appropriate Shakespearean quotation to suit
each entry. Some quotations were exceptionally well chosen and prompted
the judges to make an additional award for exceptionally appropriate
quotations. Sadly, we did not have any entries in the Primary category.
Perhaps, the quotation requirement was off putting to the little ones.
Rico Thompson (a member of Lucaya Youth Theatre Society ) recited 'To be, or not to be' and
Bill Nelson, also representing the LYTS gave a
short talk on 'the man' himself, Shakespeare, whose birthday
anniversary we honoured this year by including the
Shakespearean quotation with each photographic entry.
Darren Rollins and Alvin Smith took care of the set-up and sounds,
which accompanied the early evening birdsong we so enjoy in the lovely
Garden of the Groves; and Erika Gates captured the joy of the occasion,
in her lovely photographs attached to this article. (I am sure the
contestants are happy she is slightly over the age required to compete
Barbara Chester welcomed everyone, congratulated the contestants and
introduced Lyndah Wells, one of Freeport's popular professional photographers,
and chairman of our panel of judges. Lyndah spoke
informatively on photography in general and the contestants' work in
particular. She graciously presented the medals and awards in
conjunction with Rico, who eloquently pronounced each quotation
accompanying the photo.
Lyndah Wells; Barbara Chester; Rico Thompson; Candice Woon (Jnr.Youth Winner) Photo: Erika Gates
Junior Youth - Winner 2010
"The lunatic, the
lover and the poet are of imagination all compact."
Shakespeare - A
Midsummer Night's Dream
Senior Youth - Winner
Lyndah Wells, Rico Thompson, Barbara Chester, Katie Hindley (Snr. Youth Winner) Photo: Erika Gates
"What light through
yonder window breaks?"
Shakespeare - Romeo
Outstanding entry - 2010
Lyndah Wells, Rico Thompson, Barbara Chester, Kevin Winter (Outstanding entry) Photo: Erika Gates
"One touch of
nature makes the whole world kin"
-Troilus & Cressida
Special Prize- 2010
for THREE 'Excellently
[A Photo of turtle
climbing up a plant]
slowly they stumble that run fast"
[A Photo of three
ducks swimming in formation on pond]
shall we three meet again in thunder, lightening or in rain?" Shakespeare
[A Photo of Powder
the innocent flower, but be the serpent undert"
Gates has kindly arranged to display a selection of the photographic
entries in the little chapel of the Garden of the Groves. We hope
members of the public will come and admire this work of our young people
and more will be encouraged to look for the beauty in creation which is
so easy to find in this serene setting.
All entries will later be available for collection from the Park
entry of the Garden; telephone 374 7778.
Local actor Richardo Thompson recited the Shakespearean quotes which accompanied this year's photography entries. Photo: Erika Gates
Bill Nelson gave the audience some history of Shakespeare in light of his birthday and inclusion of Shakespearean quotes along with the entry requirements this year. Photo: Erika Gates