Over the past few weeks, Rankin’s Great British Photography Challenge has beamed into our living rooms and laptops as Rankin tutored six emerging photographers of varying ages in different facets of the image-making process.
Taking place across the course of four weeks, the six hopefuls were given the opportunity to hone their style and build a portfolio for the show’s entire duration: rather than a contestant being eliminated at the end of each episode. With a spirit of experimentation and enquiry, assignments ranged from smartphone camera briefs to themed challenges led by celebrity guests and creative experts.
Last night (14 June), the competition culminated in a surprise double win as both Jackson Moyles from Dunfermline and Tyrone Williams from Northampton walked away with the win. Speaking of the decision, Rankin said; “Picking a winner for the show was really hard – it prompted some heated debate between me and the other judges. Tyrone and Jackson are completely different photographers, with two very different styles and career paths. There was no way we could split them – they were both clear winners in their own right.”
Now, both artists’ photographs from the Great British Photography Challenge, as well a set of brand new images which draw on their experiences from the series, can now be enjoyed first hand in a digital winners exhibition available on Public Offerings Ltd, a platform founded by art curator and Great British Photography Challenge mentor Ellen Stone. A celebration of their achievements and artistic growth, these two new digital exhibitions will mark the expansion of Tyrone and Jackson’s careers as photographers, drawing on the experiences and mentorship they gained from the series.
Jackson Moyles, 21, is a self-taught landscape photographer whose work reflects his love of freedom and nature. Hailing from Dunfermline, Jackson is currently a student and also works part-time in a care home.
On his win, Jackson said; ”It came as a bit of a surprise considering my ups and downs in the series, but it really felt like an affirmation that Rankin and the team understood what I was striving to achieve. The journey was class: an exceptional time for a relatively new photographer like me. The biggest thing I took away was the importance of communicating – when I communicated poorly, my final work suffered. Once I understood this element was vital, I produced some of my best work. I was lucky to have worked with some incredibly talented photographers from all genres and I’m truly thankful.”
Tyrone Williams, 28, from Northampton, has been practising photography for over 10 years alongside working as a graphic designer. His images focus on urban environments and spotlighting the mundane to show an everyday beauty.
Speaking of the show’s outcome, Tyrone said; “I feel honoured to have had the opportunity to work with and meet such passionate photographers and creatives. Winning the series has been such a great feeling and an amazing validation for my photography portfolio, but I feel all of us have achieved so much in the series. To all execute the challenges as we did and to all exhibit our work in the final, helping each other with every step, you can call us all winners.”