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:
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 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 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.
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 Year, Empty 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.
"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.
25th January 2021
In the second instalment of the House from Home series, one boy celebrates his fondest memories of Bramston's House, also known as Trant's.
24th January 2021
The Head of College explains why, despite being an ineffective player himself, he is an ardent fan of Winkies for the team spirit it builds and the traditions it upholds.
20th January 2021
As we begin this Common Time term in lockdown, the new House from Home series will celebrate what makes each of the College's houses special. Du Boulay's house, also known as Cook's, kicks off the series with a video about what the boys and staff are missing about their house.
19th January 2021
Starting the spring term, known as Common Time, in the UK's third national lockdown, one of Winchester's Head Boys encourages the whole school community to keep mentally healthy by setting personal goals, remaining physically active, and participating in the challenges and inter-house competitions being set by senior pupils this term to keep up morale.
8th December 2020
The Winchester College community continues to respond to the challenges posed by the pandemic, and has received recognition for its efforts.
30th November 2020
Every year Winchester and Cheltenham Ladies' College pupils work in teams to deliver presentations at a Science Symposium for their peers. 2020 required more technology than usual but was as rewarding as ever.