An Eastbourne photographer’s won a national competition.
Michael Berwick’s touching photo depicting an older couple holding hands at their 30th wedding anniversary while their pet dogs look on has taken first place in eHarmony’s competition, collecting a grand prize worth £2,500.
Launched by relationship experts eHarmony.co.uk, the third annual Love Captured photography contest asked the nation to submit photographs demonstrating what ‘love’ means to them. Michael Berwick’s “Together” fought off competition from more than 1,000 entries to rank first.
The winning photograph by the 30-year-old, won plaudits from the judges for its charm and warmth just as much as the composition and soft, hazy light and colour. It was taken at the photographer’s parents’ 30th anniversary and features the couple’s hands in the foreground, aged with time and symbolic of enduring love. Also featured are their dogs, house and garden – all treasured assets in their life together.
The finalists’ photos were judged by a panel of experts in photography and romance, including Robert Dingle of the Art Fund, influential Instagrammer The Way We Met, family blogger Dad Blog UK, relationship expert Dr. Linda Papadopoulos, and eHarmony’s Creative Services Group, who ranked each image on its ‘creativity’, ‘quality’ and ‘charm’.
eHarmony UK Country Manager Romain Bertrand said: “As this year’s competition closes, we’re thrilled to have seen so many fantastic and imaginative entries. At eHarmony we’re experts at connecting the right people to create happy relationships built to last. We also know that love comes in many forms. It’s truly inspiring to see such a wide range of photos that demonstrate the different ways people see love across the UK.”