L6 BTEC Art and Design student Priscilla Durojaiye has won first prize in the 2016 Rotary Club Photography Competition. She also won the People’s Choice Award for her double exposure picture which was judged by an expert panel of judges, including the leading photographer working for the Croydon Advertiser.
Fellow Art and Design students Samuel Adamaze and Annika Schwaderer both won second prize and were presented with their awards at the Croydon Clocktower at a prizegiving ceremony on Wednesday 23rd November. As well as winning Snappy Snaps vouchers, Priscilla now has the opportunity of working for a day with a professional photographer. Annika is being given access to the Mayor of Croydon to photograph him in the Mayors Parlour on 6th January and Samuel won restaurant vouchers. “It’s going to be an amazing experience working with a professional photographer,” enthused Priscilla, “winning first prize has given me confidence in approaching any new projects. I would never have thought I would win such a prestigious competition.”
The photographs were composed using a double exposure technique in photoshop. Students merged two images together, using pictures of the natural environment which they took on a trip to Hever Castle, with portrait pictures they took of fellow students at College. The photographs were then enhanced using colour in Photoshop and framed for display. Neal Vaughan, teacher of Photography was proud of his students’ results, “For many of the students, it was the first time that they had used this technique, using Photoshop and they produced the most amazing results. The award evening was extremely useful for our students, who gained direct feedback from the judges.”