The 2016 My London calendar was launched in Spitalfields Arts Market on Monday 12 October. The photographers were presented with certificates and prize money at the event which also opened the 7-day exhibition at the market. Cafe Art director Paul Ryan told the crowd of photographers and artists and the general public that the support for the project had been overwhelming this year, especially as the crowdfunding Kickstarter campaign had gone viral in August, helping to pay for the printing of the calendar. Neil Cordell from The Royal Photographic Society, London announced a new joint venture with Cafe Art to mentor winning Cafe Art photographers. The winner of the the new FujiFilm Award was Ellen Rostant, a 16-year-old student. She had three photos in the top 20, two of which are in the 2016 My London calendar (see her photos here). David Tovey, last year's cover winner, won the First Place (People's Choice) Award for Bags for Life which is February in the calendar. The First Place (Judge's Choice) went to Goska Calik for Shadow of Self which is December in the 2016 calendar. In the evening Kickstarter supporters were introduced to the photographers and shown a second exhibition which is hanging in the Qbic Hotel, (42 Adler Street, London E1 1EE) with food and drinks provided by the Parts & Labour restaurant in the hotel. We are very grateful for this support. Not only does the Qbic provide us free storage for our paintings in between being hung in cafes, but the Parts & Labour provided the (delicious) food and a complimentary drink for each of our supporters. The pop-up exhibition, which covers the entire Spitalfields Arts Market, will be open from 10am to 5 pm until Sunday 18 October. You can also see an exact copy of the exhibition in the Parts & Labour Bar & Restaurant, in the Qbic Hotel!
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