THREE King’s Ely students have snapped their way to victory in a national photography competition.
There were more than 1,500 images submitted in this year’s Beyond the Frame student photography competition, on the theme ‘Through my Eyes’. The contest is organised by Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) and attracts entries from across the UK.
King’s Ely Senior student, Emily Parsons, who is in Year 11, won the top prize in the competition’s Under 16’s category. King’s Ely Sixth Form students, Lydia Goff and Paige Newell, who are both in Year 12, also won Judges’ Choice Awards.
Lydia’s image was chosen by Julia Belgutay, Acting FE Director at the Times Education Supplement (TES). Paige’s image was chosen by professional photographer Kane Layland, fashion and portrait photographer who graduated from NUA in 2018 and now works with brands including Vidal Sassoon, Armani Exchange and Jimmy Choo.
Speaking about Emily’s images, James Smith, Chair of this year’s Judging Panel, said: “Choosing the winning entries was extremely difficult in both age categories. In the Under 16’s category, Emily Parsons’ images show a beautiful play of light of shade. There’s a consistency across her work; the images remain playful despite what could have easily become an overpowering use of black and white.”
The trio’s success comes just weeks after Paige has crowned the winner of this year’s ILFORD PHOTO UK Student Photography Competition with a different image to the photo she won with in Beyond the Frame. In 2018, King’s Ely Sixth Form student, Gaia Giardinelli, also won the Beyond the Frame contest.
As well as Emily, Paige and Lydia winning awards in Beyond the Frame, King’s Ely students Alice Edwards, Lisa Lyu, Mia Wang, Tabitha Udy and Luna Guo also had their work shortlisted in the contest.
Antonio Longo, Head of Photography at King’s Ely, said: “I am very proud of all my students who were shortlisted for this year’s Beyond the Frame competition. I am amazed that so many were shortlisted and ecstatic with the results for Emily winning the overall Under 16’s category. It is also fabulous that the professional judges selected the work by Lydia and Paige for their respective awards. It is certainly proving to be a great year for the King’s Ely Photography Department!”
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