Essex County Council set up #InstaEssex, and then asked people to submit photographs which showed what Essex meant to them. The aim was to capture Essex culture.
The project has been a great success with 97 photographers, both amateurs and professionals, submitting a total of 131 images. From that number 15 finalists were selected, and all their work will be on display at Liverpool Street Station and at branch line stations. The three overall winners have been announced, and Kitty’s picture is one of them.
The photograph is titled “Regatta Day – Mersea Island” and is by the professional award-winning photographer Chrissie Westgate. It shows the Thames sailing barge Kitty at the West Mersea Town Regatta.
The West Mersea Town Regatta dates back to 1838 and includes races, music and a funfair, plus fireworks at the end of the day. In the photograph Essex fishing boats and the Thames Sailing Barge Kitty form a line to welcome in Regatta Saturday.
Chrissie is from Mersea Island and likes to capture local events like Mersea Week, believing that “photography is not just about seeing, it is about feeling”.
Members of the judging panel said they really appreciated the balanced composition of the photograph and also the balance of the old Thames Sailing Barge, once common on the Essex coast, and the more modern fishing vessels.
The competition entries were very varied, including photos of buildings, street art, the countryside and the coast. The panels will be on display at Liverpool Street Station from Thursday 24th March until the end of May / beginning of June and at branch line stations from Saturday 9th April.