Photo Diversity Competition

Photography students at The Sixth Form College, Solihull celebrated diversity in society this term with a competition of their work.


The second year A level Photography students were asked to take a photograph that they thought represented diversity and submit it into an in-College competition, which was judged by a panel of experts. The panel members were Nicola Shipley (Co-founder and Co-Director of Grain), Kathryn Sainsbury-Wilkes (former A Level Photography student and now Student Development Intern) and Zoe Maksymiw (Photographer & Curriculum Leader for Creative Arts).

Danielle Heslin-Hill (aged 18, from Acocks Green) was judged to be the winner with her photograph of her grandmother and she has won a portfolio mentoring session with Nicola Shipley from Grain, as well as a £15 Amazon gift voucher and a perfmanent display of her work in College. Runner-up was Zahra Smith-Monteiro (aged 17, from Shirley) for her photo of a busy marketplace; she wins a £10 Amazon gift voucher.

One of the judges commented that there were great pieces of work in the competition, which she said, “I don’t always see at FE, or HE, level for that matter!” Another judge declared, “Great photos, very difficult to decide!”

Tjark Schoenfeld, Assistant Curriculum Leader for Creative Arts, commented:

“Many thanks to Nicola, Kathryn and Zoe for judging this competition. The students submitted some excellent work and the competition really got them thinking about issues around equality and diversity, which is something we take very seriously at the College. The standard of work was excellent and picking the winner was not easy.”

This competition follows hot on the heels of another diversity-themed award recently; Claudia Pettifer (aged 17, from Yardley Wood) was shortlisted for the Diversity Arts competition award at the FE Sector Diversity Awards.

5 December 2016