LCR Photography Awards.

Liverpool’s first Liverpool City Region photography award, LCR23, is taking place at the Open Eye Gallery in Mann Island between 10th March - 23rd April.

Pretence went along to the launch event on Friday 10th March, and what a launch it was.  The gallery was packed with photographers, creatives and enthusiasts, all sharing a mutual appreciation for the offerings from Liverpool photographers.

The award itself is divided into the categories of Urban Living, Wildlife & Nature, Youth, People & Places, Portrait, Sport, Still Life, Analogue, Creative, Living Sustainably and Mobile.  As a fitting testament to the diversity of Liverpool, each category delivers a varied response from its inhabitant photographers, from the traditional capture of the industrious bee, playful youths at the docks to images of refugees on their journey to a new home.  Proud cultures and people from all walks of life, brought together in one exhibition.

Such is the diversity of the exhibition, the jurors couldn’t agree upon the overall winner.  Category winners and  four Jurors Choice commends, still led to a split decision.  Eventually two photographers received the honour of overall winners Ahmed Mohamed, for his series documenting his journey through borders, and Jane MacNeil for her vivid urban nature images.

In all, 380 photographers entered the LCR23 Award, a fantastic response and a massive undertaking for the jurors.  Those who didn’t make the shortlist get more than a Thank You however, with their entries on show in the popular digital display in the Open Eye Gallery window.

The exhibition is free to view, so, if you haven’t visited the exhibition yet, we highly recommend you take the opportunity to get down and see it.

Jurors Choice

Michelle Webster @o.c.u.l.u.simages

Georgia Lischke @georgialischke

Pete Carr @petecarr

Tom Hyatt @tommyhyatt


Urban Living

Harry Flook (Winner) @harryflook

Kane Lyons @k.a.n.b.u.r

Jon Grimshaw @gawk_eye

Sam Jones @Samj35mm


Wildlife & Nature

Jane MacNeil (Winner) @janemacneil

Natalie Pooley @natalie_pooley_photography

Chris Callum @chriscallum

Matt Thomas



James Clement (Winner) 

Coralie Lane @coralielane_

Kyle Pooley

Jamie LeRoux @photography_jay07


People & Places

Ahmed Mohamed (Winner) @reeka_reeka9

David Wallace @david_wallace_dw

Mary Turner @maryturner

Alex Mew 



Dross (Winner) @drossqueen_official

Mark Peachy @markpeachey

Mark Taylor @markphiliptaylor

Abby Ready @abbyreadyphotography



Robert David (Winner) @robertdavidphotography

Nick Gerrard @nickgerrard

Andrew Dunsford 

Hana Basir


Still Life

Helen Jones (Winner) @merseyphotogirl

Domonic McDermott

Alberto Gonzalez @agonzalezbaphotography

Marta Jankune @martajankune_



Tim Brundsen (Winner) @tim_brunsden

Ricky Narito @rickynarito

Dan Schooler 

Lauran Seater-Messer @laurenseattermesser



Natalie Close (Winner) 

Caleb Bryne-Smith @calebbsmithphoto

Chloe Sharpe 

Jiaqi Luo


Living Sustainably

Hellen Songa (Winner) @hellensonga

Solena Argow @solennaagrow

Chloe Sharpe 

Ellie Bryne @elliefbryne



Mohamed Hasan (Winner)

Faye Heran @fayeheran

Kirsty Thomas @kirsty_thomas

Sanna King @sanna_king