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In the past, the world’s intellectuals loved meeting each other in the coffee houses of cities like New York, Paris, London and Vienna, where they would discuss politics, philosophy and art. This was the so-called 'café society': a combination of style, culture and conviviality, which found its perfect context along with the ritual of coffee.
The same atmosphere is captured today by the creative young students from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) who are eligible to participate in the annual photography contest, the Sanpellegrino Café Society Competition. Launched in 2000, the competition’s main objective is to capture the spirit of café society, while staying faithful to the specific theme, which changes every year.
This year, for the 12th edition of the contest, the participants were asked to convey the value of the social interactions that take place in cafés. «Cafésociety plays an important role in our lifestyles,» affirms the contest guidelines. «Capture the social interactions and connections that occur in cafés.» What the jury is looking for is an appealing idea, an original subject and technical skill. And of course, a good dose of creativity. All of this combined is worthy of a special prize, awarded each year to one of RMIT’s students. Last year’s winner was Kimberley Mennen, who won with the image featured above, entitled Coffee Darling in South Yarra.
Who will this year’s winner be? Those curious to find out will have to wait until the 26th of September, when the awards ceremony takes place here:
Sketch, Shed 14, Central Pier
161 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands
6.30pm - 8.30pm