Friday 20 March 2020
Winner of the Primary Schools category
“Inventive and colourful submission. This image truly reflects the success of
this collaboration, students working photographers and designers. I liked
the student at the bottom of the image who appears overwhelmed by the
responsibilities that we all have as citizens of the world.” Grant Smith, photographer
Winner of the Secondary Schools category
"This image was taken by one student and chosen by the class to submit. This collage comments on the impact pollution and consumerism can have on the people of London, especially children, who are the future of our city. I arranged bin bags and rubbish like objects around my friend. I then experimented with Photoshop with black and white and other filters. I tired cutting out different parts of the photos and combining them. In the end I really liked the black and white with the colour eye strip. It could symbolise younger generations watching as global warming and climate change becomes even more dangerous. It is frustrating how we have little say over what will affect us so much in our future.
What inspired me was looking around London and observing the sad scenes of rubbish scattered on almost every corner. One day, I was walking to school and I was heavily struck by the mountains of trash which foxes had infested. It made me really sad and disappointed."
“I really like the concept behind the image, and I think the use of the strip
of colour is striking and has a strong impact on the overall message being
portrayed. I like the way real thought has gone into the composition of the
image and the message the photographer wanted to get through." Hannah Penn, Business Administration Apprentice, City of London Corporation
"This image has been well thought through, planned and executed. Using
the band of colour highlighting the subject’s eyes draws our focus to the
gaze of the subject, seemingly suffocating under the pile of waste. Excellent
concept, congratulations to all the team involved in producing this image." Grant Smith, Photographer
Highly Commended Primary School category
"The reason I took this picture is because I like how when it rains all the gum looks like it is popping out when I took the picture I thought it was interesting how people throw away their gum and think that it will just go away but once it rains all the things people throw away pop out and are very easily seen.
When introduced to this competition we looked at the photographer Chritain Marclay who photographs who focuses on the kerbside detritus of the streets in his current hometown, London."
"A well composed image, with a strong diagonal through the frame, balanced by the reflected blue light and the dots of gum on the opposite side. This image shows the photographer to be a keen observer of the everyday, an image like this reminds us of the rich visual world we inhabit." Grant Smith
Highly Commended Secondary School category
"A Cry for Help
Theme: the impact of waste & plastics on the environment from people to fish. Each pupil thought of their own slogan which was printed in the darkroom & they brought in packaging such as netting from fruit, old bottles which were used in the darkroom with real fish. The class discussed how to present the collaborative photograph which looks to a sustainable future for London and addresses the environmental challenges that Londoners face."
"I like the creative approach to this collage and the messaging behind it. I thought it was clever that the girls came up with their own wording and incorporated it into the images of the fish. In addition, the use of a dark room is a strong photographic skill and I think this is really effective in the way they have executed the piece." Hannah Penn
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