We’re delighted to announce the winners of this year’s St John’s Photo Competition! We received over 60 entries from across the college community, eloquently capturing the many aspects of community within and outside of St John's.
The entries were judged blind by Robert Taylor, the award-winning portrait photographer behind this year’s Celebrating Diversity exhibition, Dr Georgy Kantor, Keeper of the Pictures, and Professor Hannah Skoda, Keeper of the Silver, as well as members of the Communications Team.
The theme for this year’s competition was ‘Community’, and the judges were intrigued at the different ways this was interpreted by the photographers. You can view the winners below, along with comments from Head Judge Robert Taylor.
First Prize: Students in their Element, Khadijah Ali
On the first prize winner, Robert commented “there was immediate and enthusiastic agreement about this joyful, authentic representation of an important aspect of student life. Those gathered would surely have immediately returned to the serious business of enjoying each other’s company as soon as the photography was done.”
Second Prize: Glitterball, Khadijah Ali
This photo of our Glitterball Committee in front of the Radcliffe Camera took second place. Robert said “this very specific interpretation of the theme appealed for the strength and certainty of the composition, together with the way it captured the evident pleasure taken in being out and proud together.”
Third Prize: Women in STEM, Sara Dragutinovic
A slightly different take on the theme, Robert says “this deceptively simple image rewards a second glance with its delightfully whimsical take on the theme of community, hinting at all sorts of possibilities.”
You can view a selection of the entries below. Thank you to all of the photographers and to our judges for participating. We’ll look forward to seeing you all for the competition again next year!