Competition captures photography talent for hospice calendar


A calendar showcasing the best of Lanarkshire’s upcoming photographers will soon be in the making – after a competition held by New College Lanarkshire.

 Students on the NQ, HNC and HND Photography courses at the College’s Motherwell and Coatbridge campuses recently took part in the St. Andrew’s Hospice 2019 Calendar Competition to have their photos featured in the charity’s annual calendar.

Over 160 entries were made in categories which reflect St. Andrew’s Hospice values – peace, love, compassion, tranquillity and care.

The work of 10 students will now feature in the calendar after being shortlisted by a panel of expert judges, including professional photographers Colin Prior, David Ruff and Colin Mackenzie, St. Andrew’s Hospice representatives Bruce Mackenzie and Lauren McKenzie and New College Lanarkshire’s Fiona Thomson and Curriculum Quality Leader Lewis Napier.

The final shortlist was announced at an awards ceremony held in the College’s Motherwell Campus, where winners were presented with awards and special gifts by Principal, Martin McGuire. Winners were:

  • January – Sofia Conti HNC (Glasgow)
  • February – Mariola Milewska HNC (Motherwell)
  • March – Samantha Sweeney HND (Motherwell)
  • April – Samantha Sweeney HND (Motherwell)
  • May – Meghan Hull HNC (Blantyre)
  • June – Margaret Ann McKenna HNC (Glasgow)
  • July – Frances Clark HND (Motherwell)
  • August – Sofia Conti HNC (Glasgow)
  • September – Kirstie Traynor HNC (Coatbridge)
  • October – Katy McGuiness HND (Moodiesburn)
  • November – Vikki O’Brien NQ (Stepps)
  • December – Fabrizio Fella HNC (Viewpark) 

Katy McGuiness was named the overall winner of the competition, winning a signed book from Colin Prior featuring over 250 images. Highly commended awards were also given to Margaret Ann McKenna and Vikki O’Brien who were awarded signed prints from Colin Prior.

Fiona Thomson, Lecturer in Photography and one of the organisers of the competition, said: “I am delighted with the results of the competition. Although our partnership with the Hospice is in the early stages I see this as something which can only be developed more over the coming academic years. 

“I am incredibly proud of the standard of all entries from our students and would like to congratulate all of the winners on their success. 

“This competition has resulted in a high quality calendar which we hope will be able to raise some valuable funds for the hospice to continue providing much needed support within Lanarkshire.”

New College Lanarkshire’s photography department has an ongoing partnership with St. Andrew’s Hospice, working closely with Schools and Communities Development Co-ordinator, Andrew Flynn. The Hospice offers practical experience for students at their community events, which provides the Hospice with high quality images that can be used for marketing purposes.

Andrew Flynn said: “We are delighted to be working with New College Lanarkshire’s photography department on our 2019 Calendar, the talent on display is incredible and it was a very difficult task picking only 12 pictures.

“The partnership between the Hospice and the College is incredible as we have students and staff willing to use their talents to help support the Hospice, our patients and their families. We need to raise £88,000 every week but it isn’t just about raising money it is about letting people know that St. Andrew’s Hospice is there to support them when they need it. This calendar will do both and we are very proud and thankful to be working with the College on such an excellent project.”

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