Winners of student life photo competition at the University of Leicester announced

Posted by ap507 at Mar 09, 2017 09:33 AM |
Winning images depicting modern-day student life to go on display at University and included in historic archives

 Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 9 March 2017

Winning images and captions available to view and download at:

The winners of a student life photography competition designed to provide an insightful overview of student life in 2016/17 to add to the University of Leicester Archives have been announced.

Students were invited to submit photographs that portray a modern-day perspective and celebrate what studying at the University of Leicester means to them – showcasing both the academic and social side of university life today.

Categories included student accommodation, social activities in halls of residence, how and where a student studies, recreational activities, what makes Leicester special, the University community and campus shots.

The winners were:

  • What student accommodation looks like in 2016/17 and overall winner - Rachel Chapman
  • The social activities that take place in Halls of Residence - Diana Furlan
  • How and where a student studies in 2016/17 - Jamie Hodgson
  • Sporting/recreational/leisure activities at the University - Yanan Dong
  • Campus Photos - Rosalinde Nicholls
  • What makes the University of Leicester special to you? - Anna-Sophie Bulder
  • The University of Leicester Community - Ata Mohammad Adnan

Along with the majority of photographs submitted to the competition, the seven winning photographs will be added to the University archives, becoming part of the University’s history. They will also go on display in the Student Reading Room, near the entrance to the David Wilson Library, after the Easter break.

The winning photographs were chosen by a panel of judges comprising University, Students’ Union and external representatives, and the students have each been awarded a £50 Amazon voucher.

The overall winner has received a ticket to the Alumni Dinner on 16 March with guest Sir David Attenborough, a £100 Amazon voucher, a framed print of the winning photograph and a guided tour of the University Archives.

Professor Mark Peel, Provost at the University of Leicester, said: “The competition was a fun and engaging way for our students to contribute to the University’s history and will provide a valuable and insightful overview of student life in 2016/17.

“We had an excellent response from our Distance Learners and it is very positive to be able to ensure that the huge part they play in University life will be reflected in the archives.   

“The standard of entries was high and the judging panel had to give careful consideration to the quality of the photographs, their relevance to the different category headings and the power of the story each image told.  The judges chose the overall winning image as it provides a colourful and positive perspective of what is typically seen as a pressured part of the student year.”

Caroline Sampson, archivist in the University’s Special Collections, said: “We received over 150 entries which contrast beautifully with the historic photographs in the collection which tend to be more formal and posed. There are so many photographs that didn’t quite make it as overall category winners but which will make fantastic additions to the University Archives, helping to give researchers in the future an amazing insight into student life. 

“We have thousands of pictures of student life dating back to our University's founding years, showcasing our rich history and heritage. Thanks to this competition, one hundred years from now, the experiences of our winning students will also form part of that story.”

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