Photography students bid to snap up big prize

PUBLISHED: 19:00 09 July 2016

Abi Lawrence (front) and Charlie Bidmead get snapping.

Abi Lawrence (front) and Charlie Bidmead get snapping.


Art students at a Worle school have been handpicked to take part in a national schools photo competition which will be judged by photographic experts from the national press.

Priory Community School pupils this month embarked on their entries for the Making Places contest, a national scheme devised by house-builder St Modwen.

The company – which is the firm behind the Locking Parklands development – is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and is marking the occasion by organising the competition.

Entrants are charged with capturing photos which illustrate what architecture, urban design and the local community mean to them.

Priory is one of just 30 schools around England and Wales which have been invited to take part, and its GCSE students have already begun crafting their entries.

School leaders will select Priory’s top shots next month, before a panel of top international judges will run the rule over the entries and whittle them down to a shortlist of seven finalists.

Judges will include senior figures from within St Modwen and educational experts, as well as Emma Bowkett, director of photography at the Financial Times, and Stephen Burke, a photographer from the Telegraph.

The winner will be announced at the national final in London in September, and will be rewarded with a state-of-the-art camera, as well as £3,000 for their school’s art department.

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