Oxfordshire Photographer wins Prestigious Photography Competition

Abingdon Photographer Robert Beasley was one of the 40 winners of the GREAT Britain & Northern Ireland campaign’s Great Exposure Photography Competition and joins the display now on at Heathrow Airport.

Launched in partnership with the Royal Photographic Society, the GREAT campaign’s project was designed to show passengers a fresh view of the UK, as seen through the eyes and lenses of the public.

The winning entries will be displayed for at least a year across spaces throughout Heathrow Airport.

The images were judged by an expert panel, comprising photographer Simon Roberts, Mariama Attah; curator of the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool, photographer Alistair Morrison, and Heathrow’s Chief Operating Officer, Emma Gilthorpe.

Robert Beasley Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Robert Beasley taken at Abingdon, Oxfordshire

“It is a great honour to have my image of the annual street fair in my hometown of Abingdon-on-Thames selected for the Great Exposure photography campaign and be a part of the process. Due to the pandemic the fair was unable to take place, which was the first time in the fair’s history since the Second World War I believe.

“So after much uncertainty surrounding whether it would ever run again. I knew as soon as it was announced that it would return, that I had to document it and with a rare clear day in October I really wanted to capture it from above to get a fresh perspective.

“To be included alongside some incredible photographers from the breadth of the country and have the opportunity to see so many beautiful places and intimate glimpses into peoples day-to-day lives after spending so long feeling somewhat distanced from the world and detached from everyone in it, is a truly humbling experience.”

You can find Robert’s work here