Grand Winner of the Black and White Child Photo Comp First Half 2020
When the team here at Gather heard the news that the Grand Prize for the First Half of the Black and White Child Photo competition had been awarded to past student and Gather Academy Master, Sarah Bultitude, we were over the moon (*cue champagne bottle pop!*).
The Black and White Child Photo Competition invites the best child portrait photographers internationally to enter their black and white portfolios across the various categories of ‘Portrait’, ‘Fine Art’, ‘Lifestyle’ and ‘Documentary and Street’. Each category is awarded first, second and third place plus a handful of honourable mention awards. Only one artist is named Grand Winner, awarded to the single best photo submission across all categories in the competition.
My heart started pounding and I started shaking! I re-read the winner’s email over and over!
1ST PLACE – “Lock“by Sarah Bultitude
Sarah’s work is soulful, poetic and perfectly executed. Her imagery is simply stunning so it came as no surprise to hear that she had not only taken out first place but also nabbed third place with her image ‘Beautiful Chaos‘ plus a multitude of other nominations.
As mentioned, Sarah is an alumni student of Gather Academy, having taken the Child Portraiture Workshop taught by Helen Whittle and April Milani (running at the moment, it’s not too late to jump in if you have been thinking about it!).
We thought it only fitting that we ask Helen, who coincidentally also took out the Grand Winner prize in the same competition in 2019, to grab Sarah for a ‘virtual interview’ to delve into her practice, where she gets her inspiration from and her current influences. Read on to find out more about Sarah’s award-winning work.
3RD PLACE – “Beautiful Chaos“by Sarah Bultitude
Interview by Helen Whittle, Gather Academy Instructor
Q ~ Congratulations Sarah on your win! Thank you for doing an interview with us. We are so happy that you have won this award, it is so well deserved! It’s been amazing to see your confidence grow. What did you do when you found out you’d won?
A ~ My heart started pounding and I started shaking! I re-read the winner’s email over and over! I went out to the kitchen and said to my husband “I think I’ve just won this big award, can you please check this email for me?”
Q ~ We’d love to know more about Sarah! How long have you been a photographer?
A ~ I live in Queenstown, New Zealand with my husband, two teenage children and two crazy Border Terriers! Photography has been a hobby since my 20’s. It wasn’t until I had kids that I started taking it more seriously. Then in my 40’s the passion for it grew to a point that now I have to create otherwise I get grumpy! (My husband is nodding!)
Q ~ What is your preferred genre to photograph?
A ~ I prefer shooting fine art portraits. Usually children, but I am slowly expanding my options of subject matter and age of model as I explore new work.
Q ~ In a short sentence can you describe your work for us.
HONORABLE MENTION – “Lucky“, by Sarah Bultitude
Thank you so much for this opportunity and thank you to B&W Child Photo Competition for bestowing me with this amazing award!