The Moment Photo Competition Winner

To celebrate publication of The Moment in the UK, we ran a competition with the biggest parenting website in the UK, Mumsnet. We asked users to send in their own captured ‘moments’, to be in with a chance of winning a brand new digital camera. They were asked to submit a photograph they had taken that they thought captured an important moment in their life – whether it was a moment of joy, sadness or change and whether it was of friends, family, or a landscape. We got over 200 entries to the competition, and with many very moving entries, it was really difficult to chose a winner.

The winner was Hel Cruse, whose photograph entitled ‘Bye Dad’ perfectly filled the brief. Helen describes the photograph as ‘the moment I realized I had let my boy go’. The photograph was taken in the airport as her son was about to fly to the USA where he is at university.

Douglas Kennedy said of the photograph:

‘Photographically speaking, it’s a truly interesting composition – its monochromatic look, the blurred image of the parent, the peripheral semi-focussed background details of the airport, even the envelope which the son is holding (which makes me intrigued to know what it contains).

More tellingly, what I love about this shot is that it is proof of the great Henri-Cartier Bresson’s comment about how the best photography always responds to a crucial moment – and, as such, is a technical and aesthetic marriage between technique and simply being there. And then there is the sheer emotional impact of the image – the young man evidently on his way elsewhere, but still responding to the parental embrace.

As my own son Max has just been offered three places to three universities (he’s heading stateside), I also responded as a father to all that this photograph so wonderfully reveals. It says so much by capturing a simple goodbye… behind which one of life’s ongoing transitions is also taking place.’