Christ Church Photo Competition 2017 Winners

This year we held our first annual photo competition for all members of the JCR and GCR. Undergraduate and graduate students were invited to send in up to 3 photos to be in with a chance of winning prizes and seeing their photos on the college website and social media channels.

The theme was ‘friendship’, and we received photos of various aspects of college life at Christ Church, from rowing and punting, to relaxing in the college gardens, playing sport or celebrating the end of exams. The competition was judged by Jacqueline Thalmann (Curator of the Picture Gallery), Peter Rhoades (Christ Church Art Tutor), and Eleanor Sanger (College Communication Officer). It was difficult for the judges to narrow the entries down, but in the end they arrived at three prize-winners and a Highly Commended.

In 1st place was Annika Schlemm, with her great photo from a punting trip with friends. 2nd place went to Joshua Cathcart, with a photo taken on black and white film of students relaxing on the lawn in the Masters Garden. Jonah Munday clinched 3rd place with his photo of him and his friends playing Frisbee in the Masters Garden, with a double rainbow in the background, and the judges decided to give Viridiana Courty ‘Highly Commended’ for her photo from Matriculation. You can see all of the photos by clicking through the album below.

Speaking after the judging, Jacqueline and Peter said, "It’s the first time that this has been done at Christ Church, and it’s been very enjoyable looking at the photos and seeing all of these different representations of friendships and college life."

Jacqueline also commented, "Topics automatically conjure up images and for a judge in such competitions it is always very exciting to see how other people respond to them, in this case 'Friendship'. It was interesting to be presented with different levels of photography and ways of seeing and observing - great snapshots, lucky moments but also some more carefully constructed frames. We had wonderful entries in this first year of the competition and we hope that it will progress and become an established feature for our undergraduates, with many more entries in the years to come."

The winners receive prizes of £150, £100 and £50 respectively - keep an eye out for their photos on the website and on our social media channels, along with those of other competition entrants.

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s competition, and well done to everyone who entered!