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#WarwickLibrarySelfie competition 2015

The #WarwickLibrarySelfie photo competition took place throughout Reading Week. Congratulations to Karishma Gulrajani who received a framed version of her winning Selfie and a University sweatshirt!

black and white photo of a girl taking a selfie in the Library

Your World photo competition 2015

The focus for our 2015 theme was "Your World". After shortlisting the entries down to 20 of the best, the winners were announced at a special event on 6th March live in the Terrace Bar and on the Big Screen in the Piazza.

Judging was carried out by representatives from the Library, Mead Gallery, and Student Careers and Skills.

1st Prize

Sublime Circularity by Aurélie Krebs

Although I have been studying in England for four years now, it is only after I relocated to Coventry that I learned what it truly means to appreciate and to miss one’s home country. This photograph depicts the South of Luxembourg, more specifically a region called ‘terres rouges’ – red soil – because of the red ore that was behind the success of the country’s steel industry in the 19th century. Most of the industrial furnaces have been shut down a long time ago and the only things that now remind one of the period that once helped Luxembourg to prosperity are numerous industrial sites left to decay and the red earth of the forests encompassing them and reclaiming them. This is my world, and in a way a synecdoche of everyone’s, because no matter where one is and no matter what one experiences, it builds up on these first impressions one gained of the world. The experiences add together and multiply until they, and one with them, disintegrate and nature takes over again

sublime circularity

2nd Prize

Peace in My World by Jiadong Xu

This photo was taken in Changchun, one of the biggest cities in northeast China. It was a foggy morning, I went to school along the road near campus and the picturesque scenery attracted me. The fog made the whole city more tranquil. In that moment, I felt that this road is the whole world.

peace in my world

3rd Prize

Perspective by Jing Yi Ng

Viewing life in a different perspective will lead to new discoveries that you never anticipated. This photo encourages me to accept challenges, take risks and experience the adrenaline rushing through my body as I uncover hidden treasures of the world.

perspective

Highly Commended - Best Description

Icy Poetry by Jonathan Excalante Phillips

Wake up early on a wintry morn
8am and hardly dawn.
Grope around, get dressed and go
Feel the chill, the ice and snow.
Trudge to the car with scaper in hand.
Curse the cold and lack of sand
But upon arrival emotions change,
The temperature has done things strange.
No longer a machine, the car displays
An intricate pattern to my startled gaze.
A change to My World, my frame of mind
Now half glass full and silver lined.

icy poetry

Highly Commended - Interpretation of the Theme (First Place)

Hooray! by Bingying Jin

‘No man is an island.'
The greatest thing that ever built up my world is a group of friends who share silly, funny and crazy memory with me.

Hooray

Highly Commended - Interpretation of the Theme (Second Place)

My Life 2.0 by Natasha Lee

My world revolves around people I love and doing the things I love which includes travelling and photography! Behind each picture, there's a story which indicates a point in my life. I keep my memories in photographs as positive encouragement when life gets tough.

my life 2.0

People's Choice

Undisturbed by Jeferson E Labunda

Growing up by the beach most of my life, the sea has taught me one important thing in life; and that is to not be disturbed by fleeting events of life.

undisturbed

Hidden competition 2014

The focus for our 2014 theme was "Hidden". Over 80 photos were submitted and the winners were announced at a special event on 6th March.

Judging was carried out by representatives from the Learning Grid, Mead Gallery, and Student Careers and Skills.

1st Prize

Hello by Jessica Hayne

Hiding from an unwanted visitor.

snail

2nd Prize

Pushing boundaries by Georgina Yorke

The photo shows a figure slightly hidden so that not everything is given away.

A figure

3rd Prize

Miseratone Non Mercede: For compassion, not for gain by Mark Mobley

The Old Operating Theatre of St Thomas Hospital is the oldest operating theatre in Europe.
Built in a time before antisepsis or modern anaesthesia, it was used for amputations and demonstrations of surgical techniques. After the hospital moved to a new site in 1862, all windows and entrances to the operating theatre were blocked up, and it was abandoned and left to decay. Hidden for nearly a century, it was rediscovered in 1956 when a researcher called Raymond Russell, following clues found in old medical literature, climbed into a small, darkened opening in the wall of the Belfry Tower. Restored and renovated, it has since opened to the public as one of the more unusual museums in London.

Old Operating Theatre of St Thomas Hospital

Highly Recommended

Ambush by Mangchu Zhou

Taken in Kenya relating to the great migration. The wildebeasts were crossing the Mara river, and a crocodile ambushed them.

Wilderbeast ambush in Kenya

People's Choice - Ramphal

Hidden and abandoned by Thomas Van Schie

Abandoned building Leipzig (DE).

An abandoned building in Leipzig

People's Choice - Teaching Grid

A Stolen Kiss by Camille Bakirel

Wandering in the streets of Paris, couples find the most secretive charming hiding places. Montmartre, especially, with its sinuous and steep stairs, encourages these lovers to share passionate kisses. Capturing this spontaneous sparkles of life and love, I found myself extremely touched by these young men embracing each other furtively, in the shadow of Hausmannian Paris.

A couple kissing

Freedom competition 2013

“Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labour in freedom.” - Albert Einstein

The competition ran for two weeks from 28th January to the 10th February. Over 50 amazing photos were submitted and the winners were announced at a special event on the 26th February. Judging was carried out by representatives from the Learning Grid, Mead Gallery, IATL, Student Careers and Skills, and the PhotoSoc.

1st Prize

Graffiti Galore by Margaux Simon

This photo was taken at 5Pointz, a huge outdoor art space for graffiti artists in Long Island City, New York. It’s one of very few places where graffiti artists can paint legally for free, and is also one of the biggest. When I visited the building I immediately fell in love with it and spent an hour looking at all the different designs painted onto its walls. I was very drawn by the contrast between the industrial ruggedness of the building and all the vibrant colours of the graffiti, as well as the sheer creativity of the artwork. For me, freedom is the ability to express oneself without constraints, and I think the whole building really represents this.

Graffiti in New York

2nd Prize

Over The Hills & Far Away by Mark Mobley

Hole of Horcum, North Yorkshire Moors, August 2012. Freedom is where we choose it to be. It is found when we refuse to stop at boundaries; over the next fence, over the nearest hill: The view stretches on to the horizon, inviting exploration.

Hole of Horcum, North Yorkshire Moors

3rd Prize

Artistic Freedom by Axel Tanty

This self-portrait was influenced by the thought that I never shoot for photography's sake anymore. As such, I see it as a representation of creative freedom. Otherwise, the image is quite open to interpretation. I think it can represent various types of freedom.

A self portrait

Judges' Favourite

Flying in Freedom by Conan Wan

Flight is freedom in its purest form. Take off and fly freely, towards higher planes of mission and purpose in your life.

A paper aeroplane

People's Choice

Absence of Restraint by Anna Sadowska

Photo was taken near the Baltic Sea in Poland. In the background people are kite surfing on ice. Space, nature and power of acting.

People doing various activities near the Baltic Sea in Poland

Chaos competition 2012

The Invitation to Exhibit 2012 competition was held in Term 2 of 2012 with the theme 'CHAOS'. The organising team consisted of Peter Coppenhall, Iliyana Mladenova and Samilia Ekeocha. The students and staff of Warwick were invited to submit a photo showing how they perceived 'chaos'.

Judges this year were Adam Cartwright, on behalf of the Reinvention Centre, and Liz Dooley, Curatorial Assistant for the Mead Gallery and Han-na Cha, Student Skills and Careers.

'Liquified Chaos'

To achieve this photo, I placed a mixture of inks and other liquids on a membrane covering a subwoofer speaker. By blasting the speakers with bass-heavy music, the membrane would vibrate and send the liquid flying in various beautiful shapes. I used high speed photography to achieve this take on chaos.

Axel Tanty

Art image

'Perfect Chaos'

Taken on a painting in Barcelona's busy street, La Ramblas. Christopher Columbus.

Wei Pui

A painting in Barcelona

'Stuck in the Middle'

A moment of total madness as a stock car driver finds himself going sideways at 45mph as 32 colourful roaring cars come tearing towards him from all directions at high speed causing total CHAOS!!

Callum Pudge

Cars on a busy road

Contrast competition 2011

The Invitation to Exhibit 2011 competition was held in Term 2 of 2011 with the theme 'CONTRAST'. The organising team consisted of Alex Dziegiel, Richard Quintian and Peter Coppenhall. The students and staff of Warwick were invited to submit a photo showing how they perceived 'contrast'.

Judges this year were Adam Cartwright, on behalf of the Reinvention Centre, and Liz Dooley, Curatorial Assistant for the Mead Gallery and Han-na Cha, Student Skills and Careers.

'Tunnel Vision'

View of contrasting light up the ventilation shaft of an old railway tunnel between Northampton and Market Harborough.

Joel Middleton

A ventilation shaft of an old railway tunnel

'In with the new'

This photograph was taken from inside one of the galleries at the new Pompidou Centre in Metz, which opened in 2010. The image has at its core a number of contrast: between inside and outside, near and far, shadow and light, new and old. The two visitors gaze out at the thirteenth-century architecture of Metz cathedral from within the town's most modern example of architectural innovation, bringing these two buildings into dialogue, while also highlighting the contrast between them.

Emma Campbell

Abstract architecture

'I've seen the light'

Taken in my village graveyard, this photo is hauntingly peaceful, a juxtaposition in itself. The snow is billowing across the picture but it was deadly silent in the graveyard while I was taking it, no pun intended!

Jennifer Billot

A graveyard