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Press photography student enters twilight world

  • The image from an FA Vase tie that won press
    photography student Dan McCrum a trip Down Under
  • A photojournalism student has been named among the winners of a competition designed to showcase twilight football photography.

    Dan McCrum, a second-year student on University College Falmouth’s BA(Hons) in Press and Editorial Photography, is one of nine prizewinners of the Sony Twilight Football Photography competition, sponsored by the Telegraph Media Group.

    Sony launched the competition to showcase the low-light capabilities of its new range of cameras and camcorders.

    Entrants were asked to submit images of people playing football that expressed “the beauty of twilight” in the words of the organisers.

    Dan’s prize was the trip of a lifetime to cover a game in Australia’s Pinnacle Desert, played as part of a global football event held over the autumnal equinox on 22-23 September, when twilight was at its longest.

    All nine winners used cameras equipped with new sensor technology which is designed to make the most of low-light action.

    Said Dan: “A friend alerted me to the Twilight competition and I knew I had football pictures that would fit the bill so I sent in this photograph of Truro City and ACF Totton.

    “I was doing a project for university on football in Cornwall and I picked this game because the teams have a strong FA Vase rivalry.

    “I was hanging around the goal and decided to focus on the net. It resulted in this nice-looking image, which has always been one of my favourite pictures.

    “As my ambition is to become a travel photographer and capture images of different lifestyles, cultures and societies after graduation, my trip to Australia was absolutely amazing.”


    In the industry (26/10/2009 12:17:51)
    We just don’t get it – this wins a trip to Australia? What were the runners-up like then?!

    Philip Coppell (26/10/2009 13:16:29)
    I remember the TV programme The Twilight Zone was about strange events and images, nothing has changed.

    Northern Snapper (26/10/2009 15:44:15)
    Who on Earth judges these competitions?

    Aaron Spandex (28/10/2009 08:49:54)
    Christ, if Delamar had seen this he’d have burst a blood vessel! An epic fail I’m afraid. Rather shows up how visually illiterate the judges are much like the idiots employed on picture desk these days….. So, the lad should go far.

    lloyd Ellington (30/10/2009 10:59:09)
    Unbelieveable.Are you sure he didn’t trip up. How many times have i deleted a picture like this not knowing i could have won a trip to OZ, Blimey what’s the world of photography coming to. In the words of Jedi Delmar “Kill it”.

    tim (02/11/2009 12:28:04)
    who was judging this one? stevie wonder? It has no photographic merit whatsoever. if i’d come back with this one i’d have been lynched, Delmar would have dropped his pint and changed his tie asap.