Running the photography competition has been an enormous pleasure for all of us who lead Photo Soc. Looking through the results provided us with a shining light though the boredom that lockdown has naturally provoked. The response was remarkable with over 150 entries from all areas of the school and the quality was much higher than we could possibly have expected or even hoped for. It was for this reason that we though it only right to enlist three external judges so that the competition could be properly adjudicated:
Formerly the official photographer of the House of Commons and now a freelancer, Mark Duffy has taken countless iconic images that have appeared across front pages around the world. He has nearly 40,000 followers on Instagram and runs a very successful YouTube channel.
Jessica Taylor is the current Official Photographer of the House of Commons. Her photos regularly hit front pages across the country on a regular basis and make newspapers across the world.
Victoria Haydn has been the Senior Club Photographer of Manchester City Football Club for over seven years and has taken iconic photos of the team’s great successes and some low points that have become famous around the world. She has over 100,000 followers on Instagram and also runs portrait photography studios in Manchester, London and New York.
All the judges were impressed with the high quality of the shortlist that was put forward and reiterated how hard it was to pick a winner for each prize. The overall winner was selected from all the entries, including those from Dons. The PixPot will take place annually as an interhouse competition and was judged from pupil entries only.
Overall Winner: Empty Oxford by Chris Batten (A) 2nd Year
Runner up: Wasp Not Bee by Zefaan Ahmed (A) 5th Year
PixPot Winner: Bright Lights Bigger Living Room by Xavier Millard (A) 3rd Year
Runners up: Three Boats by Roger Holwerda (H) 2nd Year, Black or White Landscape by Nader Moghadam (C) 3rd Year, Empty Oxford by Chris Batten (A) 2nd Year.
Creativity Prize Winner: Floating Man by Zefaan Ahmed (A) 5th Year
Runners up: Splash by Katie Stillman, Bright Lights Bigger Living Room by Xavier Millard (A) 3rd Year.
"This shot made me wonder about the concept! I want to know more about the image and I love that! It creates a sense of mystery and magic that your eye and mind doesn’t quite understand." Victoria Haydn, Creativity Prize Judge
"Congratulations to everyone who took part. It’s really great to see so many students using their skills and feeling inspired during this unprecedented time. I have really enjoyed looking through all the entries." Jessica Taylor, PixPot Judge
From over 150 entries, WinCollPhotoSoc drew up a shortlist of 21 images which were submitted to the judging panel. These images are displayed in the galleries below.
2nd July 2020
In our last postcard from home this term, Anvesh explains that, whilst he misses friends and school life, he has enjoyed spending time with his family, learning recipes from his older sister and playing games with his parents.
22nd June 2020
English don Tom Quale considers how literature bears "the indelible impression of its time" and what that might mean for the writing taking place during this turbulent period.
15th June 2020
Delivering lessons online and then wandering an empty campus, English don Mrs Lucia Quinault, feels the presence of previous pupils and teachers, with the grounds and buildings imbued with their happy memories.
15th June 2020
Volunteering in his local village and cycling for charity, Alfred is using his time away from school in a particularly inspiring way.
8th June 2020
English don, Richard Stillman reflects on the protests sweeping the United States and United Kingdom, what we might do to educate ourselves, and how this might help make a difference.
7th June 2020
Living through lockdown in Nigeria with his family, Tomiwa describes the all too familiar pattern of endless baking, eating and then realising the need to exercise intensely. He writes about how he's filling the time when he's not studying.