Yes, you read the headline right. The Potato Photographer of the Year 2020 competition has been officially announced.
Launched by fine art photographer Benedict Brain, the Potato Photographer of the Year 2020 competition offers the potential for up to £1,000 in prizes.
The prize pool includes a Fujifilm X-A7, a year’s membership to the Royal Photographic Society, a one-to-one workshop with Benedict Brain and a three-year Photocrowd master-level subscription.
All proceeds from the competition will go towards the Trussell Trust, which supports nationwide food banks and people living in poverty. The press announcement states:
While you’re stuck at home in this period of lockdown, why not flex your creative muscles and see how you can artistically capture the beauty of a potato. Whether you’re drawn to the simplicity of a King Edward, the gentle curves of a Yukon Gold or the marvels of the Maris Piper show us what you’re made of. There’s a chance to win some great prizes and ALL proceeds will go to help the Trussell Trust provide food for people in need at this time of crisis. While it might sound silly, in 2016, a photo of a potato (Potato #345 (2010)), taken by acclaimed photographer Kevin Abosch, sold for $1million. It is a splendid photograph and just goes to show there’s an appetite for potato-based photo-art. Inspired by this we thought we would create a photo competition to see if we too could raise a bunch of money for the Trussell Trust.