From Andrea Kurland and Sam Warner’s article for Huck:
As a practicing photographer, and die-hard photography fan, Stuart Pilkington’s insatiable enthusiasm and love for the creative process has led him to kickstart a long and varied stream of rewarding, pressure-free, fun scenarios for independent photographers looking to try new things, and reach new eyes.
This year, Stuart founded the Pilkington Prize, an annual competition for photographers from all backgrounds that will set a new brief each year. 2015’s installment, 100 Mile Radius, invited photographers to shoot a landscape within 100 miles of their home. And the response, as expected, was huge, with emerging shooters and established practitioners getting involved from all corners of the globe.
Lane Coder [one of the Top Ten prize winners] studied Fine Art at Parsons in NYC, but segued to photography after a friend lent him a Polaroid SX 70 camera. “The polaroids looked like little paintings and that’s all it took for me to redirect my focus to photography.”