A little while ago we offered a free ticket to SNAP 2016. To be in with a chance of winning participants needed to submit an entry that told us why they wanted to join us. We had a whole host of amazing entries, so picking our finalists has been a little tricky to say the least.
We've narrowed it down to four very different entries and they've all been because of the effort that they put into their entries or because they really bared their soul to us in some way and showed us a little bit of themselves.
We've explained below why we believe each of them deserves to be in the final and it's now over to you to select our winner. Just leave a comment to say who you think should win and why. We'll announce the winner in two weeks time!
Finalist 1 - Chris Henderson
Why we love Chris' entry
Chris's written entry explains his journey to this point, and the struggles he's faced in the last year. So many creative people are affected by mental health problems and this frank account of how photography initially helped Chris through his struggles but then made him doubt himself even more is really, really moving. We especially love that he used his own illness as a catalyst to help other people who are suffering, through his Bare project. We've posted an excerpt of his entry below but do pop over to his blog and read the whole post.
Finalist 2 - Florence Fox
Why we love Florence's entry
She made us a cake. It was a chocolate cake. The way to our hearts is definitely through our stomach and the fact that the cake was delicious probably would have been bribery enough, but the cake was shaped like Fforest, with all of the key SNAP landmarks. Tipis, festoon lighting, cute little egg SNAPsters and our shiny SNAP balloons! Amazing. Florence wanted to hand deliver the cake but we couldn't make timings work so she posted it. We can't quite say it looked like this picture when it arrived but it tasted delicious. Check out her cake baking time lapse below.
Finalist 3 - Simon Edwards
Why we love Simon's entry
We love that Simon used his skill as a film maker to put together a film that shares his photography journey and tells us how he got to this point. We love the effort that Simon's put into telling us a bit about himself and why he wants to be a part of SNAP 2016. This manages to feel really personal but with a strong emphasis on Simon's journey as a creative. We also have total camera collection envy.
Finalist 4 - Selina Merie
Why we love Selina's entry
Selina's entry is our only conceptual entry. We love that she took the brief and created a story based response to it. We also love the 'SNAPs' that Selina has hidden in her images. Can you find them? You can read Selina's story below.
So there you have our four finalists. Leave a comment below to let us know who should join us at SNAP 2016!