Photography Exhibition for Gallery


Talent needed:

Photographers in Colchester, Essex


Work seen by renowned photographer, Martin Parr.
For Winner – Signed Martin Parr Book
For Finalists and Winner – photography showcased at Firstsite Gallery
People’s Award – by public vote









Chrissie Westgate
Will K Davis
Valerie Waters
Bogdan Gheorghita
Susan Bowman
Lee Smith Evans
Mersea Millsy
Colin Page
Robert Anthony
Lee Thomas

Essence of Essex was a free public competition launched during ‘Martin Parr: Work and Leisure’, the first major photography exhibition to be held at Firstsite Gallery, Colchester, UK. The competition brief asked Photographers to capture the essence of Essex.

Submissions were accepted for three months, with multiple rounds of judging by the Firstsite team and Martin Parr, and a public vote all completed on Zealous.

Ten external ‘Champion Photographers’ chosen by the Firstsite team selected their favourite photographs. One overall winner was selected by Martin Parr. The Winner and the Finalists’ works were printed, framed and displayed in the Finalists designated area at Firstsite Gallery.

Another winner was selected via a public vote function on Zealous.

“Working with Zealous proved critical to the success of our recent region-wide photography competition ‘Essence of Essex’.

Not only did they create an appropriate platform for us through which to manage the project and attract over 1000 entries, Zealous also leant the project a professional dimension and a cutting edge look and feel which we couldn’t have delivered on our own. 

Zealous were also an absolute pleasure to work with. They understood our needs as a client very quickly and they seemed to form their provision around us almost intuitively as the project developed, anticipating problems, finding solutions and always being there around the clock. Amazing. ”

Director – Firstsite