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East Midlands secondary school pupils urged to enter photography competition

Pupils at every secondary school in the East Midlands have been invited to enter a photography competition staged by Loughborough University.

The competition is aimed at 11-14 year old pupils in years seven, eight and nine and coincides with Earth Sciences Week which runs from Monday, October 13 to Sunday, October 19.

The winner will receive a Nikon Coolpix digital camera and their photograph will appear in University News, the official Loughborough University community magazine. Two runners-up will receive Amazon vouchers.

Budding photographers in almost 400 schools will be asked to submit one photograph by Friday, November 28 based on the Earth Sciences Week theme, ‘Geo-Heritage’. The winner will be announced on Friday, December 19 on the University website.

A geosite can be anything which highlights areas of geological significance, from a beautiful landscape to engineered sites, like a museum, a historical site or a structure featuring striking building stones.

It is the first time the university has run such a competition but organiser Annie Ockelford, Schools Outreach Officer in the School of Social Political and Geographical Sciences, hopes it will become an annual event.

Annie says the idea of the competition is to open children’s eyes to new technology and the history that surrounds them.

She said: “It gives them an opportunity to see how lucky we are in the East Midlands. For example, a lot of Charnwood is volcanic, and there are some great old buildings, like the Carillon Tower, in Loughborough.

 “Most children have smart phones so this competition also allows them to see that you don’t need expensive cameras to take good pictures of their heritage.

 “I love encouraging children into science. I love it when they say ‘I never noticed that before’, just getting a spark of interest, whether it’s in photography, geography or geology.

“This is also a way for the university to engage with the schools and build ongoing links. Hopefully it won’t be a one-off.”

Photographs should be sent to Annie Ockelford, Student Outreach and Recruitment Office, Hazlerigg Building, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU.

To see the University flyer go to

To visit the website of the Geological Society, which is running Earth Sciences Week, go to

Notes for editors

Press release reference number: PR 14/183

  1. Photograph shows Old John Tower in Bradgate Park, Charnwood

  2. 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 ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities 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.


Chris Goddard
Public Relations Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228697

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