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Making Places


National Schools Photography Competition

Throughout 2016 we invited students from years 9 - 11, at 30 schools across England and Wales to capture the essence of place making through the medium of photography. In doing so, we encouraged participating schools and students to explore what community, architecture and urban design means to them. 

The aim of the competition, named ‘Making Places’, is to inspire, excite and support the next generation on a subject matter that impacts everybody and at the same time, enhancing students' photography skills while giving them access to industry experts.  

The 30 schools are based throughout the seven regions in which St. Modwen operates and are situated in proximity to our regeneration and development projects.

Over 400 students across the UK took part in the competition which involved a series of individual schools workshops hosted by Stephen Burke, photographer for the Telegraph and the Financial Times and a member of award-winning, contemporary art organisation ‘WERK’*.

Between April and June, the workshops took place at individual St. Modwen development sites across the UK. They provided the students with insightful guidance on how to encapsulate the theme of place making and a sense of community through photography, in addition to offering careers advice in this field.

Photo Competition

In July, each participating school submitted their best entry from which the seven finalists have now been selected.

  1. Northern Home Counties: Chace School – Lauren Richards
  2. North Staffordshire: Thistley Hough Academy – Ryan Anderson
  3. South Wales: Dwr-Y-Felin Comprehensive – Leanne Witts
  4. South West: Priory Community School – Josephine Lennon
  5. North: Notre Dame College – Beth Allen
  6. Midlands: John Taylor High School – Madeleine Bradley
  7. London: Vyner School – Ruby Cripps

The winning photograph, by Ruby Cripps of Vyners School was judged by a panel of industry leading judges and announced at the end of September at a ceremony hosted by the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community. The ceremony followed a morning ‘place making workshop’ by Max Farrell at Sir Terry Farrell’s architectural practice in London.

As the winning prize student, Ruby was gifted a state of the art camera and her school was given £3,000 towards their art department.

Click here for more information or here to view the latest Making Places press release.

*The competition has been designed and produced in association with WERK, an award-winning contemporary art organisation based in Birmingham, UK.

WERK curates and produces contemporary art projects within the built environment and public space, creating opportunities for artists to work within communities and to develop socially engaged pieces in response to a place: www.werk.org.uk