imagenation4 photo competition: the results

Following a fantastic response to this year's competition, we can now proudly announce the winners
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The winning and highly commended shots from the imagenation4 photo competition
The judges would like to say a big thank you to everybody who took part. It really is amazing to see all the talent that is out there among our institutions' staff and students alike

The results are in! Over 130 of you got involved, and we had over 460 photos submitted in total. The judges met, spent a few hours deliberating and debating, managed to whittle it down to a top 13, then fought to select those coveted top three spots.

This year’s imagenation photo competition was the fourth of its kind for the University, but this was the first time it was opened up to our Recognised Centres worldwide. In previous years the competition has been open to University staff and current students and alumni, but this year we wanted our reach to go that little bit further. We had entries from institution staff in Russia, Ghana, Germany and Singapore; with our third place winner coming from the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM).

Sea vs Land (photo by Ratcha Erpaiboon)The brief was simple, ‘Your Life, Your Country’. We asked participants to submit photos that creatively capture the essence of life in their country. We purposely left the single category open to personal perception, but upon judging noticed a few common themes among entrants. We received numerous entries of boats/seascapes, birds, flora and fauna, and weddings. It was interesting to see that these themes depicted ‘life’ the world over.

Pictured left, our winning image is entitled Sea vs. Land, and was taken by BSc Business student, Ratcha Erpaiboon. Ratcha explains that: “This photo was taken just off the east coast of Thailand. I like that it captures the contrast between a simple fisherman’s life and the city life which you can see from a distance – a combination that makes Thailand so unique and inviting”.

The judges felt that this image was one that you could ‘get lost in’. The sea and waves seem endless, and the perspective the photo is taken from makes you feel like you are right there in the boat with the fisherman. Overall, the image is vibrant and enticing in its execution.

Floating Market (photo by Lo Wing Hong)

Our second place winning shot is by LLB student Lo Wing Hong, and is titled Floating Market (pictured right). The photo features Aberdeen Harbour in Hong Kong, “famous among tourists and Hong Kong locals alike for the floating village with its seafood restaurant. The area is still home to dozens of fishermen living on boats”. (Lo Wing Hong)

The judges felt that, although this was a black and white print, the amount of detail and energy it imbued was amazing.

Our third place winning image is by SIM staff member, Loh Wai Khong. Entitled Family Time (pictured below left), “the photo was taken at a local reservoir park in Singapore on a typical evening. There I saw a father with his two kids walking along the reservoir trying to catch some fish. The picture portrays the message of spending quality time with your family and kids no matter how busy we are.” (Loh Wai Khong)

Family Time (photo by Loh Wai Khong)

The golden honeyed hues of this shot, alongside the stillness of the water, the subtle reflections, and the framing nature of the tree, give this photo an overall sense of tranquillity. There is limited activity from the three central figures in this shot, yet it is still full of life.

Choosing three winning shots was no easy task, but the judges felt the chosen three clearly encapsulated the theme ‘Your Life, Your Country’.

A further 10 photos were chosen as being Highly Commended:



  • Old City of Passau by Andrew Otto, Staff member at the University of Passau, Germany
  • Colours of War by Ramin Hashempour, MA Global Diplomacy student, Canada
  • Khmer Wedding by Marie Hill, Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice student, Cambodia/UK
  • For Sale: Baby Clothes, Never Worn by Fiana Kawane, BA English (Diploma) student, India
  • Walking in God’s Sandbox by Erin Andrea BA Philosophy student, USA
  • Walk in the Lake by Stephen Mah, BA Philosophy student, Canada
  • Son of Sea by Mohammad Taufiqul Hasan, Diploma in Law student, Bangladesh
  • After a Day’s Work by Aiman Khan, LLB student, Bangladesh
  • Sails by Mickita Seecharan, LLB student, Trinidad
  • Ice Trees by Melina Gillies, BA English student, Canada

All 13 shots will feature in the 2015 University of London calendar, and are available to view in our imagenation4 winners gallery

The judges would like to say a big thank you to everybody who took part. It really is amazing to see all the talent that is out there among our institutions' staff and students alike.