The beauty and cultural diversity of St Lucia is set to take centre stage in London next month when one of the images from Discovery at Marigot Bay’s Portrait of St Lucia features in a special exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.The photograph of Gabriel Felicien and his parents Claudius and Sylvina Louisy, was taken at Anse la Voutte by world-renowned British photographer Gered Mankowitz. It was selected from more than 6000 images from all over the world submitted to the Schweppes International Portrait Competition.
Only 60 photographs were chosen for the associated Schweppes exhibition, which opens on November 9. As an added achievement, the St Lucia photograph will also appear in the exhibition catalogue.
“Considering the thousands of images that were entered into the Schweppes Portrait Competition, I am delighted that one of our photographs has been selected for the show and for the catalogue,” Mr Mankowitz said. “This is such terrific news and it will be exciting to see one of our images hanging in the National Portrait Gallery.”
“This really is great news. The Portrait of St Lucia is such an important collection of photographs and to receive this kind of international recognition is not only a huge achievement for all of us involved in seeing the project come fruition, but such a boon for the promotion of St Lucia as a culturally rich tourist destination,” said Discovery’s PR and Marketing Manager Molly McDaniel.
“Gered’s photographs are truly international in their calibre and do so much to capture the essence of this island and her people.”