On December 8, Minister of Education Diallo Rabain gathered with Bermuda students, teachers, family members, sponsors, judges and National Museum of Bermuda (NMB) staff to celebrate the 27 finalists of the Dr. Reg Grundy Annual Youth Photography Competition: Your Eyes on Bermuda. The Minister also officially opened the accompanying photography exhibit which is on display on the second floor of Commissioner’s House, NMB.
Minister Rabain shared: “Congratulations to all participating students and parents and teachers who encouraged their students to enter the competition. Now in year four, it is very encouraging to see the success of this competition and how it is growing. This competition is an excellent opportunity for Bermuda’s young people to develop their creativity and patience and enhance their visual literacy and ability to see the world around them in unique ways. Being engaged in the arts and developing an appreciation for the cultural and natural environment sets children up to be responsible and caring citizens. Thank you to Mrs. Joy Grundy, sponsors and the National Museum of Bermuda for providing this great opportunity for Bermuda’s young people.
The competition was launched in 2019 in partnership with Mrs. Joy Chambers Grundy and NMB, in memory of Dr. Reg Grundy, AC, OBE (an Australian media icon, avid photographer and former resident of Bermuda). The competition was open to all local photography enthusiasts aged 7-18 and was designed to inspire the next generation of photographers and encourage an appreciation for Bermuda’s natural and cultural environment.
Local judges included renowned photographer and winner of the 2022 Charman Prize Antoine Hunt, Dr. Deborah Atwood, NMB Curator and Chinni Mahadevan, Reg Grundy Photographic Libraries Curator. They chose the finalists from hundreds of submissions, submitted by 28 different schools in Bermuda.
Students submitted photos under the following themes: Bermuda Families, Bermuda Buildings and Bermuda Nature in three age categories, 7-10, 11-14 and 15-18. Winners received Iron Kids Accounts at Clarien Bank (amounts of $500, $300, and $200 based on age group), runners up received $150 gift cards to Brown & Co. stores, and the school with the most submissions – Mount Saint Agnes – won a $1,500 gift certificate to AF Smith for school supplies.
Winners and runners up photographs are on display on the second floor of Commissioner’s House at NMB, with winners, runners up and honorable mentions featured online at: www.nmb.bm/rg-photo-competition and in the next edition of NMB’s MARITimes magazine.
Joy Yammine of BHS won Best in Show and her age group (11-14) in the Bermuda Families category. She was awarded a $300 Iron Kids account and was presented with a Canon EOS DSLR camera with lenses, memory card, filters and monopod, donated by Mrs. Grundy.
Elena Strong, Executive Director of NMB, said: “Thank you to Mrs. Joy Grundy and our local sponsors, AF Smith, Phoenix Stores and Clarien Bank for their sponsorship of this competition. The calibre of student photographs increases each year, and we are so honoured to have student art hanging on the walls of the National Museum. For those who entered this year but were not selected as finalists, I encourage you to continue observing the world around you, snap away and submit again next year!”
Dr. Reg Grundy Youth Photography Competition 2022 Finalists
School with the highest percentage of submissions: Mount Saint Agnes
Primary (ages 7-10)
Ruth Correia – Winner
Ean Welch – Runner Up
Ariana Madeiros – Honourable Mention
Joseph Yammine – Winner
Kimoni Simons – Runner Up
Aiva Brown – Honourable Mention
Savana Honey Walters – Winner
Asa Millard – Runner Up
Isla Morrell – Honourable Mention
Middle School (ages 11-14)
Tyler Rossouw – Winner
Seri Fisher – Runner Up
Emma Boden – Honourable Mention
Joy Yammine – Winner and Best in Show
Keeliah Caines – Runner Up
Luciana Fischer – Honourable Mention
Keegan Dyer – Winner
Avalon Packer – Runner Up
Fergus Wightman – Honourable Mention
High School (ages 15-18)
Thomas Quarterly – Winner
Caiden Millett – Runner Up
Ashley Todd – Honourable Mention
Chloe Botelho – Winner
Marcus Rodrigues – Runner Up
Jazarah Codrington-Edmead – Honourable Mention
Luke Foster – Winner
Phoenix Palacio – Runner Up
Zae’ya Tucker- Crockwell – Honourable Mention
To view the exhibit, NMB is open every day except December 25, 10am – 5pm (last admission 4pm). NMB is a Bermuda Registered Charity No. 136.