Talented Liverpool photographer shortlisted for national Nominet Trust competition

Peter Goodbody from Liverpool has beaten off hundreds of others to be shortlisted in a national competition run by social investor Nominet Trust.

The eventual winner will see their image displayed in a countrywide photography exhibition – Our Digital Planet.

Entrants submitted images illustrating what the internet means to them and the difference it has made to their lives.

Peter’s entry called Beer| WiFi |Netbook shows an older man accessing the internet to catch up on TV shows he has missed in a pub. The photograph impressed judges as not only does it highlight that the internet is for everyone, young and old, but it also shows how digital technology is changing the way we interact with our everyday surroundings and take part in daily activities.

The competition winners’ photograph, to be announced on the 16th August 2012, will complete a 24 image exhibition going on tour in five cities to demonstrate the power of the internet to change our lives for the better. Our Digital Planet will visit Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Liverpool and Glasgow between August and December 2012.

The winning entry will take centre stage at the exhibition, alongside other evocative images depicting a range of areas where the internet has positively affected our lives. In addition, Nominet Trust, which believes in the power of digital technology to improve lives and communities, will award the winner with over £500 of photography equipment and a personal photography workshop with renowned photographer David Collingwood.

Annika Small Nominet Trust CEO commented:

“The internet has made a positive difference to our lives in so many ways and this has been demonstrated so vividly through the images we have received to the competition. From keeping in touch with loved ones, to new ways of working, from learning new skills to making new friends this competition has highlighted just what the internet means to people and the impact it has had.

It was a hard decision to whittle down so many excellent entries to a shortlist of six and I would like to thank everyone for taking the time to enter.

We hope that the winning image, alongside the other 23 inspiring photographs will highlight to exhibition visitors the massive reach of the internet, and its potential to change people’s lives.”

Shortlisted entrant Peter Goodbody said:

“I’m delighted to have got this far.

There are so many ways in which the internet has a positive impact on my life and that of my family, but it’s clear that it has also changed this guy’s life too.  He wasn’t tapping away at his keyboard, so he wasn’t sending emails or chatting on Facebook.  Instead he was just watching his screen – I’m guessing he was watching iPlayer or a film on his netbook and nursing a pint in his local. I’m really pleased with the photo I entered and how it highlights what the internet means, not only to me, but to others as well.

I just hope that I can beat the tough competition and go onto win.”

Joe Tree, founder of Blipfoto said:

“Blipfoto has been delighted to help host this national competition. Like Nominet Trust, we’ve been impressed with the quality of entrants and we can only hope that ultimately, the exhibition encourages people to start using the internet.”

During the exhibition visitors who have never used the internet, or those who are not so confident, will have the opportunity to get online with guided support. For further information or to find out more about the competition, visit: www.ourdigitalplanet.co.uk