In an unexpected twist in the final episode of BBC’s Great British Photography Challenge, not one, but two winners have been named. Jackson Moyles, 21, from Dunfermline, and Tyrone Williams, 28, from Northampton, were crowned joint winners and are the first photographers to claim the title in this new series. Over the past four weeks, photographer and director RANKIN, who is internationally acclaimed for his famous iconic portraits, had to make this decision together with Ellen Stone, founder of Public Offerings Ltd.
RANKIN on the Jury’s decision : “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. Tyrone is an art photographer, with a really clear voice. His work grabbed my attention from the very beginning. Jackson’s work, on the other hand, grew as he found himself over the competition. So in that way, they were both stand-out photographers who showed their talent during the competition. There was no way we could split them – they were both clear winners in their own right. Now we’re excited to invite everyone to have a look at their talent first-hand as they reveal brand new works in their winner’s exhibitions.”
Tyrone on his win : “I feel honored 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.”
“Jackson is the photographer who reminded me most of myself at that age. He loves landscapes, I love portraiture, but we share the same passion for taking photographs, that same drive to make the next picture great – and, sometimes, the same cocky attitude! He worked hard for the show, pushed himself, really one to watch going forward,” says Rankin.
The Great British Photography Challenge was produced by Storyboard Studios for BBC – and you can see both exhibitions online : JACKSON MOYLES: REFLECTION & TYRONE WILLIAMS: DECONSTRUCTIONS