Felsted School Pupil, Teddie Summers, age 14 from Fairstead, has won a prize in the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) photography competition. Teddie took his winning photo, entitled ‘Memorial Remembers’, at the historic Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, whilst on a Felsted history trip to Berlin last Autumn.
‘The Bigger Picture’ is the fourth photographic challenge run by the ESRC, which tasked 14 to 18 year olds to explore how social science is relevant to their lives, with a picture encapsulating how the world is changing and how it affects them, their families, friends and communities as a whole.
More than 550 images were sent in by students from 75 schools. Teddie’s photo, which won the prize for best submission by social media, serves as a reflection of the past and a reminder of the future.
He comments; “I thought the memorial was very pretty, and it felt significant for me to honour the fallen in one way or another.”
On 20th March, Teddie attended a special ceremony at the Espacio Gallery in London, where his photo was framed on display and postcards of his winning entry were available to take home.
Felsted’s Head of History of Art and Photography, Meredith Atkinson-Wood commented; “The ESRC competition this year has allowed our students to engage with pressing social and environmental issues. Teddie’s image of the Berlin Wall memorial deals with ideas of memory and commemoration, from his own personal visual perspective. That the image won for the best photograph submitted via Instagram shows that the art world is rapidly changing and adapting alongside ours.”