Photography Competition Winners

17th May 24

Budding photographers at Abbey College Manchester have been highly commended for their creative abilities and talent, following an anticipated trip to London and a photography challenge.

Students from the college’s Art and Photography Department visited the vibrant capital city, where they toured the galleries and sites, while also experiencing some of London’s culture and events. Taking inspiration from their surroundings, the Abbey College cohort was tasked with capturing an array of images to contribute to their portfolios and the college’s competition.

The young creatives visited the National Portrait Gallery where they had the opportunity to appreciate the various ways that artists respond to the idea of portraiture, and explored the National Gallery, viewing the inspiring works of Van Gough, Holbein and Stubbs among many others. Students also visited the Photographers Gallery, experiencing the work of prolific photographer Daido Moriyama, with his monochrome images covering every wall over five floors. The final stop of the day was a show called Illusionaries, an exhibit billed as a ‘captivating multi-sensory art odyssey, where ground-breaking digital masterpieces take centre stage’.

Upon returning to college, Rhona Delaney-Willis, Head of Art at Loreto, judged the students’ work. Year 11 student Lok was awarded first place, and Tim and Nikolas, also in Year 11, secured the runners-up spots.

Commenting on Lok’s masterpiece, Rhona expressed that she was “impressed with the composition and the way the individual figures have been captured in each space” She added that she “likes the way that the image reveals a hidden world, and the exposure has captured the lighting and reflection perfectly.”


Principal of Abbey College Manchester, Chris Randell commented: “The recent trip to London was a highly enjoyable and fruitful occasion, as each student moved their project forward as a result of what they experienced. An impressive amount of work was produced and the competition was incredibly tough; it is a pleasure to see such high levels of creative talent here at Abbey College Manchester.”

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