Museums at Night 2009 Flickr competition winners!

Late Night at the National Portrait Gallery by Julie Kertesz

During Museums at Night 2009, which took place over the weekend of May 15-17, we ran a photography competition for the first time. We asked people who were attending Museums at Night events to take photos of their experiences, then to upload them into a Flickr group. The whole pool of photos is here – we were really pleased that so many people were willing to take part in this.  Culture24 sent out journalists to report on as many events as possible, but we couldn’t cover everything, and these photos from people all over the UK were really interesting in showing how ingenious all the venues had been – and how much fun all the visitors seemed to be having! You can see the 6 winning photos in this Flickr gallery.

Here’s our article about the competition, and here’s an interview with the overall winner, Julie Kertesz. She’s a fascinating lady who has lived in Hungary, Romania and France before coming to the UK, blogs in French and English, and began using Flickr at the age of 70! She has now shared over 34,000 beautiful photos of her travels and the interesting people she’s met along the way, which you can look at here. I was asked to look through her photos and pick 4 favourite shots to illustrate the interview – and all I can say is that it was immensely difficult to narrow it down to 15 amazing images.

We really hope that everyone who took photos at Museums at Night 2009 will come back and do the same in 2010 – and we hope many more people will join in with the challenge as well. Julie is inspired by visiting new places, the changing seasons, and people reading – what inspires you to take photos?

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