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Come capture Kingston - Gleaner invites photo enthusiasts to 24-hour challenge

Published:Wednesday | December 13, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Kingston, the largest English-speaking city in the Caribbean, with its quaint and diverse architecture, a hub of excitement and a fusion of the sights and sounds from crammed markets to the noisy bars and entertainment spots, is the perfect backdrop for the staging of the Gleaner Company (Media) Limited's Capturing Kingston Photo Competition.

The 24-hour competition set for December 16, 2017, invites photographers and photography enthusiasts to focus their cameras on Kingston starting at midnight and ending on Saturday night.

With more than $300,000 in prizes to be won, participants can enter all categories, including People of Kingston, Infrastructure and History. There will be 10 sectional prizes and one grand prize.

In 1692, an earthquake shook the Caribbean, destroying the town of Port Royal, which had stood on a glorified sand-bar called the Palisadoes, and guarded the entrance to Kingston Harbour.


Rebirth of Kingston


Port Royal's demise signalled the rise of Kingston. A new town was needed, on more solid ground, one which would combine access to the harbour.

A special award will be given to high school students, aged 11-19. They may enter as individuals or as group members. Participants can also submit edited videos showcasing Kingston in 1:45 seconds.

After a pre-judging process an internal Gleaner panel will choose the best five in four categories as well as the winners of the special and overall awards.

The final judging process will be done via social media votes on

An overall winner from the five sections will be chosen and receive a grand prize of $70,000.

Ricardo Makyn, multimedia photo editor at The Gleaner Company (Media) Limited, said the Capturing Kingston photo competition was started by the company five years ago as part of its coverage of the 140th anniversary celebration of Kingston as the capital of Jamaica.

"We have continued with the competition because of the interest from persons and the quality of entries we have received. The competitors take a photographic look at the city, it's people and the rich history of Kingston and the challenge of doing this in a 24-hour period is intriguing," Makyn said.

To enter, register via the #CapturingKingston app at facebook.comgleanerjamaica, on or before December 13, 2017. Each registered individual/group will receive a competition package with rules, maps and guidelines. Collection is to be made at The Gleaner Company (Media) Limited.

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