Life through a lens

Today we launch a new photo competition, imagenation3, for our current students and alumni
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Calling all aspiring photographers: our photo competition launches today
To highlight a sense of inclusiveness, for the first time the competition is aimed exclusively at current International Programmes students and alumni

"It is my intention to present - through the medium of photography - intuitive observations of the natural world which may have meaning to the spectators."
Ansel Adams (1902-1984), American photographer and environmentalist

Today sees the launch of our imagenation3 photo competition. Following on from the success of the 2008 and 2010 competitions, this year's edition aims to be bigger and better for 2012.

To highlight a sense of inclusiveness, for the first time the competition is aimed exclusively at current International Programmes students and alumni. Focusing solely on the International Programmes community, the target group of over 52,000 current students and 30,000 alumni is the largest to date.

In 2010, five entry categories were offered to give participants a broad selection of subjects to photograph: Your University of London, Community, Working life, Local landmarks, and Study. We also featured a 'People’s choice award'; all photographs entered into the competition were placed in a gallery on the competition website where the public could vote for their favourite. The photograph that received the most votes was declared winner of the People’s choice award. Alumni scooped the competition's first place award and the People's choice award.

The winning photo in 2010 was taken by alumnus Chris Bonfiglioli (MSc Public Health, 2009). The shot, ‘Latrine construction for Oxfam in Haiti’ (shown below left), was taken in Petite Riviere de Nippes, Haiti. The photo made it onto all the judges' shortlists, and its winning status was unanimous.

Latrine construction for Oxfam in HaitiChris gave us the following take on his photo: “This man was cementing the wall of a latrine in a government school in Haiti. Open defecation is common here and often causes diarrheal diseases. The construction of latrines in schools was accompanied by health education in each of the schools and communities."

"The health promotion activities focused on hand washing and household level water treatment. I like the way this man is totally focused on his work and is framed by the doorway. The shot was originally taken in colour and converted to black and white to give it more effect.”

The People's choice award, voted for by the general public, was won by alumna Chan Xiao Huey (LLB, 2006), with a shot titled ‘Quiet reflection’ (shown below right) taken in Cambodia.

Chan describes how the photo came about: “This shot was taken as I was crossing a bridge towards the Angkor Wat Temple when I spotted this man fishing in the moat surrounding the temple. It was such a peaceful scene that I just had to freeze that moment in time. I’m an amateur photographer so there was no special photography technique used. I just happened to be in the right place and at the right time to capture the moment. I hope this photo inspires everyone to take the time to pause, reflect and enjoy the little things which incidentally are always the most important in life.”

This year the People’s Choice Award has been replaced  by the Dean’s Award. Voting for this begins at the end of October.

Quiet reflectionThis year’s competition winners will be used to compile the calendar produced every year by the International Programmes. This will be a great way to highlight the work of our students and alumni. The theme for imagenation3 will be based around that of ‘Seasons’.

Reprising her role as judge, Alumni Relations Manager Lisa Pierre reflects on the excitement of the last competition and what she hopes 2012 will bring. “When I was first asked if I would open up the imagenation2 photo competition to our International Programmes alumni, I jumped at the chance. It was a great opportunity for them to participate in something on a global level. I’m proud to say they did not disappoint, and we received hundreds of entries from all over the world. It was wonderful to see the world through their eyes."

"Personally, I love photography for the stories an image can tell, or those they hide, but mostly for the memories they hold. I felt privileged that so many people shared their images with us. I am really looking forward to seeing what images we receive this time, especially with such a bigger target audience.  I am sure the students and alumni will impress us once again. It will be interesting to see so many different interpretations on the theme of Seasons.”

Imagenation3 is sponsored by the Alumni Relations Office, Student Affairs and The Dean’s Office of the University of London International Programmes. The competiton is now closed but you can still view the winning photos.