‘The Falklands: 35 Years of Progress’ photographic exhibition was opened to the public on Tuesday and got the thumbs up from the Falklands football team who took the opportunity to visit on their way to Gotland for the NatWest Island Games.
Team captain Kyle Biggs said they were all excited to attend the reception for the exhibition and enjoyed meeting up with everyone there which included some old Falkland friends.
“The exhibition itself was excellent with unique pictures showing the beauty and diversity of the islands. Big well done to everyone involved,” said Kyle.
The images for the exhibition were crowd-sourced by the Falkland Islands Government, which ran a competition to find the very best pictures from many skilled photographers.
The result has been described as an amateur photography exhibition of professional quality, “which reveals a community proud of their beautiful environment and showcases the huge progress and developments the Falklands has undergone over the past 35 years and will promote the unique environment, history and people of the Islands.”
MLA Michael Poole said he had no doubt that the images would give Londoners, “a sense of the environment and the life we lead in our South Atlantic home.”
The themes for the images were politics, economy, society and culture and the environment, with the exhibition timed to coincide with the 35th anniversary of the Liberation of the Islands.
MLA Jan Cheek, CE Barry Rowland, Sukey Cameron, some of the actual photographers plus guests from TV, film and travel companies attended.
Tomasz Zawadowski who worked in the Islands as a Fishery Observer for several years said he was amazed by the location and friendly atmosphere of the exhibition and that so many people attended the event.
“The evening went by in a lovely atmosphere with people very interested in the pictures and the Islands in general. It was a great opportunity to get back to wonderful memories of my time there and have a chat with viewers over some drinks and snacks typical of the Falklands cuisine.”
The exhibition will run until June 24 at the A & D Gallery in Marylebone; admission is free.