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GCSE art students from Farnborough’s The Wavell School have completed the first round of a national photography competition, taking their best shot at capturing Farnborough town centre.

The competition, to celebrate St. Modwen’s 30th anniversary this year, challenges students from the  ‘selfie’ generation to take a different perspective on photography and to capture the theme of placemaking. The students were asked to get behind the lens and explore what community, architecture and urban design meant to them.

The Wavell School, one of 30 secondary schools across England and Wales taking part, attended a photography workshop on 21 June 2016 in Farnborough town centre where St. Modwen has been undertaking a multi-million pound redevelopment of The Meads shopping centre to create new stores, places to eat and homes.  

The workshop, hosted by Stephen Burke, photographer for The Telegraph and The Financial Times, gave the students the opportunity to explore what placemaking meant to them, whilst being offered professional photography tips and career advice.

The workshop was a huge success, resulting in some fantastic shots. The best entry from The Wavell School will now be put forward into competition with each of the 30 other participating schools.

A shortlist of seven will then be selected by a panel of judges ahead of a national final in September. The lucky winner will be awarded a personal state-of-the art camera as well as £3,000 towards the school’s art department.

Bill Oliver, chief executive, St. Modwen says:
“For the last 30 years, St. Modwen has been relentless in its mission to bring new life to areas in need of regeneration and create places for people to live, work, learn, shop and enjoy. In our 30th year, we wanted to capture what we do as a business and to share this with local communities.

“The photography competition enables us to document what regeneration looks like in 2016, but more importantly, has been designed to inspire the next generation to explore what it is that gives a true sense of place to any community as well as educating them on urban design and providing valuable photography skills from industry experts.”

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