The Cayman National Cultural Foundation’s Cayfest 2011 celebration kicked off with a photography competition awards night at the renovated George Town Public Library last Thursday evening.
A number of people in the community, along with awardees who received monetary prizes for their entries, turned out to view the collection of unique photographs on display.
“I was glad to learn that since the Cayfest photography competition’s inception it has seen a steady increase in participants,” said Culture Minister Mark Scotland.
“This year’s event pulled in more that 500 entrants. The competition is also proving to be the training grounds for the next generation of photographers, with the youngest entrant in the photo competition being just nine years old.”
He said a couple of things elevate the photography competition – entrants came from a wide spectrum of the community in terms of age and ability; the photographs were taken in Cayman, which reflected something of what it means to be Caymanian; and the competition also promotes and reinforces Cayman’s culture and heritage, of which he is proud.
“I looked forward to the month of fantastic events. Tonight’s affair is a fitting start which presents us with a prime example of what it is about Cayfest that makes it stand out as a cultural celebration,” he said.
Minister Scotland also congratulated the Cayman National Cultural Foundation for their dedication, hard work and preservation.
Cayfest 2011 showcases a mixture of music, dance, film and fashion as well as visual arts throughout the month. Highlights include the popular Caymanian comedy show Rundown, Cayman couture, cultural jam and dance shows.
Education Minister Rolston Anglin encouraged others to come out and view the display of photographs and push children to get involved.
He said the night’s display of Caymanian talent had not let him down and he was thrilled at the range of cultural activities planned for Cayfest this year. adding “we are in for a treat. “
The work of the younger photographers was definitely an inspiration,” said the Cultural Foundation’s Marcia Muttoo as she congratulated all those who had entered the competition.
Photos are on display at district libraries through 30 April. For information, call 949-5477.