GraceKennedy Group - Renowned Photographer Howard Moo Young to Judge Grace & Staff Foundation’s Photography Awards
Thursday, 26 October 2017 17:57

Renowned Photographer Howard Moo Young to Judge Grace & Staff Foundation’s Photography Awards

Renowned Jamaican photographer Howard Moo Young will be official judge of the Grace & Staff Community Development Foundation's  Photography Awards. The winners of the competition will be announced at the awards ceremony scheduled for the corporate offices of GraceKennedy Limited in downtown Kingston on October 26.

Participants in the Foundation’s photography programmes  and designated clubs -  Learning Institute of Central Kingston (L.I.C.K.)  & Spanish Town Photographic Artists Reaping Knowledge (S.P.A.R.K.) – will be awarded for their works.  Their pieces will also be on show under the theme, “Leeds Through the Lens” … a perspective on life in St. Elizabeth.  The following day (Friday, October 27) they will be on show- and available for sale at the  Hi-Lo Food Store in Liguanea.

An avid photographer since the age of 14, Moo Young is also an outstanding, multiple award-winning graphic artist and painter, with an extensive list of creative and commercial credits. As an artist, his stamp has been placed on many now iconic brands, including the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation (JBC), Victoria Mutual, and Gold Label Rum. Photographically, his work includes the noted Bob Marley Collection from the famed One Love Peace Concert in 1978, during which reggae superstar Marley led then intense political rivals Michael Manley and Edward Seaga in a symbolic joining of hands to show unity amid escalating political violence, a moment captured by Moo Young and preserved for posterity.

Mangroves at Black River, as captured by photographer Britley Bryan for last year’s photography exhibition.

General Manager of the Grace & Staff Community Development Foundation, Tanketa Chance Wilson pointed out that the awards ceremony, which is the highlight of a week of activities to mark the Foundation’s 38th anniversary, is part of a programme that is aimed at constructively engaging students in a co-curricular activity. "Photography is a wonderful skill which they can develop further as a hobby or a career. I am proud of their enthusiasm and the high quality of their work, especially the very impressive pieces that will be exhibited," she said. 

The programme, which began with eight students in 2006, now includes over 40 participants who are using the latest digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras, having begun with disposables. Through the Programme the students learn printing, digital modification and other current techniques, in addition to taking photographs on field trips and within their communities. 

Chairman of the Foundation, James "Jimmy" Moss-Solomon said the Board was heartened to see the progress made by the students and the evidence of their impact on the wider society through exhibitions and awards external to GraceKennedy. "The students are not merely taking pictures, they have and continue to exhibit a markedly high standard of work, which has been acknowledged by the likes of the JCDC, and the Institute of Jamaica, but also the commercial world, where they are receiving assignments and are also selling their photographs.”

In addition to the support received from the GraceKennedy Group, the Foundation has a valuable partner in the US Agency for International Development (USAID) which provided funding for the DSLR cameras as well as printers and other accessories and workshops and field trips. Catalyst, a faith-based organization out of the U.S. was also instrumental in making the initial donations of cameras and training.