GDIF is very excited to have Dave Flynn, winner of last year’s Awardio.io photo competition, as this year’s photo ambassador for 2014. Make sure to follow our blog for photo updates from Dave during this year’s festival!
I am Dave Flynn, I became interested in digital photography in 2010 after being made redundant from a 15 year retail career. Since then I’ve achieved several photographic distinctions ranging from gold awards and highly commended achievements with the society of wedding and portrait photographers (SWPP). My highest accolade was winning Nature & Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012, again with ‘the societies’.
I lived in Greenwich for 15 years and I attended the GDIF festival for the first time last year. I just went along for the photo opportunities and ended up staying there for most of the first day of the festival. The atmosphere was fantastic when I arrived and the buzz continued to grow throughout the day. I remember it rained on and off but that didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits!
There were huge crowds and loads of fun. Wherever you looked there was loads going on. The beached whale was a highlight and attracted plenty of onlookers. The Orblys (huge eyeballs) on stilts were my personal favourites, they entertained everyone and the kids were excited and scared of them. I also loved the interaction between the performers and crowd which added to the amazing atmosphere. I’m excited to shoot this years festival and looking forward to capturing the atmosphere once again. I can’t pinpoint who I’m looking forward to seeing the most but I’m exited to catch the highlights of the opening and closing ceremonies as those artists are there for one performance only.
Come rain or shine, I’m sure this year’s event will be the best yet and personally I’m delighted to be a part of it officially.