Photography Competition and PixPot

31st May 2020
BY Winchester College Photography Society Team

Winchester College Photography Society was established by three top year pupils in 2019 who have a keen personal interest in photography and wanted to inspire younger pupils to take photos. They established @WinCollPhotoSoc on Instagram as a platform for pupils' photography.

In April they launched PixPot, an interhouse photography competition for boys, as well as running a wider competition that was open to the whole school community.

Running the photography competition has been an enormous pleasure for all of us who lead Photo Soc. Looking through the results provided us with a shining light though the boredom that lockdown has naturally provoked. The response was remarkable with over 150 entries from all areas of the school and the quality was much higher than we could possibly have expected or even hoped for. It was for this reason that we though it only right to enlist three external judges so that the competition could be properly adjudicated:

Mark Duffy, Overall Prize Judge

Formerly the official photographer of the House of Commons and now a freelancer, Mark Duffy has taken countless iconic images that have appeared across front pages around the world. He has nearly 40,000 followers on Instagram and runs a very successful YouTube channel.

Jessica Taylor, PixPot Judge

Jessica Taylor is the current Official Photographer of the House of Commons. Her photos regularly hit front pages across the country on a regular basis and make newspapers across the world.

Victoria Haydn, Creatity Prize Judge

Victoria Haydn has been the Senior Club Photographer of Manchester City Football Club for over seven years and has taken iconic photos of the team’s great successes and some low points that have become famous around the world. She has over 100,000 followers on Instagram and also runs portrait photography studios in Manchester, London and New York.

The results

All the judges were impressed with the high quality of the shortlist that was put forward and reiterated how hard it was to pick a winner for each prize. The overall winner was selected from all the entries, including those from Dons. The PixPot will take place annually as an interhouse competition and was judged from pupil entries only.

Overall Winner: Empty Oxford by Chris Batten (A) 2nd Year

Runner up: Wasp Not Bee by Zefaan Ahmed (A) 5th Year

PixPot Winner: Bright Lights Bigger Living Room by Xavier Millard (A) 3rd Year

Runners up: Three Boats by Roger Holwerda (H) 2nd Year, Black or White Landscape by Nader Moghadam (C) 3rd YearEmpty Oxford by Chris Batten (A) 2nd Year.

Creativity Prize Winner: Floating Man by Zefaan Ahmed (A) 5th Year

Runners up: Splash by Katie Stillman, Bright Lights Bigger Living Room by Xavier Millard (A) 3rd Year.


Overall Prize Winner: Empty Oxford by Chris Batten

PixPot Winner: Bright Lights Bigger Living Room by Xavier Millard

Creativity Prize: Floating Man by Zefaan Ahmed

"This shot made me wonder about the concept! I want to know more about the image and I love that! It creates a sense of mystery and magic that your eye and mind doesn’t quite understand." Victoria Haydn, Creativity Prize Judge

"Congratulations to everyone who took part. It’s really great to see so many students using their skills and feeling inspired during this unprecedented time. I have really enjoyed looking through all the entries." Jessica Taylor, PixPot Judge

From over 150 entries, WinCollPhotoSoc drew up a shortlist of 21 images which were submitted to the judging panel. These images are displayed in the galleries below.

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