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Winners of Loughborough University photography competition announced

The winning entry

Stunning landscapes, ancient monuments and museum exhibitions all featured in the entries to the Loughborough University photography competition.

Open to pupils aged from 11-14 at secondary schools across the East Midlands, the competition was launched in October by the University’s School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences as part of Earth Sciences Week.

Entrants were asked to submit one image on the theme of ‘Geo-Heritage’.  The photographs could capture anything that highlighted areas of geological significance, from a beautiful landscape to engineered sites.

More than 50 entries were received and the judges – the University’s Professor Joanna Bullard from the Geography Department and Photographer Phil Wilson – had a tough job selecting their top three.

In third place was Annabel Dale from Leysland High School, Leicester, with her fantastic image of the Memorial Stand in Saint Andrews Church, Countesthorpe. In second place was Tom Harrington from St Crispins School, Leicester, with his stunning vista of Millstone Edge in the Peak District.  The overall winner was Ellie Kitsi from Derby High School, Littleover, with her breath-taking view over Edinburgh.

Speaking about the quality of entries Mr Wilson said: “I was really impressed with the standard of the photographs in the competition.  Real thought went into the composition to create some really dynamic images which perfectly matched the brief and made the most of the subject matter.”

Professor Bullard added: “The range of subjects was very broad, from the dinosaur in the Natural History Museum to the local vista of Beacon Hill.  The entries featured geo-heritage in many different forms and highlighted the importance of geology to our cultural and environmental wellbeing.  We were very impressed by the entries.”

Ellie has won a digital camera, with each of the runners up receiving Amazon vouchers.  All entrants have been awarded a certificate for taking part.

Notes for editors

Press release reference number: 14/219

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In 2015 the University will open an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University in London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will offer postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.


Judy Wing
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