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Three schools from across the Swansea Bay City Region have been chosen to take part in a national UK place making photography competition to mark the 30th anniversary of St. Modwen – the land owner and lead developer behind the region’s new Bay Campus, Coed Darcy and Baglan Energy park.

Entitled, ‘Making Places’, the photography competition challenges GCSE students from 30 schools, each handpicked from across the UK, to capture the theme of place making through the medium of photography. In doing so, students are encouraged to explore what the local community, architecture or urban design means to them.  This week, pupils from Neath’s Dwr-y-Felin (pictured) and Swansea’s Ysgol Gyfun Bryn Tawe schools attended a bespoke photography master class, at Swansea University’s Bay Campus, to get them started.  Mentored by renowned national press photographer, Stephen Burke, these pupils were given insightful guidance on how to take great place and building shots.  A third workshop will be held in June for Swansea’s Cefn Hengoed before all three schools are required to select and submit their best place making shots to a panel of UK judges in July 2016.

A shortlist of seven school submissions will then be selected by the judges, with the national UK final taking place in London on 27 September 2016 where the overall winning school will be announced. The prize on offer comprises of a state of the art camera plus £3,000 towards the school’s art department.

Rupert Joseland, regional director for St. Modwen in Wales, said:

“This photography competition enables us to document what our long term £3.2bn regeneration investment looks like in 2016 across the Swansea Bay City Region.  More importantly, it 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 educating them on urban design and providing valuable photography skills from industry experts.”

Simon Davies, head teacher at Ysgol Gyfun Bryn Tawe in Swansea added:

“We are really excited about this competition. It is a great opportunity for the students to learn more about their immediate area and the urban environment as well as have access to important insight from a national photographer. Most importantly, the initiative links strongly with the curriculum through ‘professional practice’ and will go a long way in assisting students with their respective GCSE projects.”