Photography students capture Hospice’s 2020 vision in calendar competition


Talented Photography students from New College Lanarkshire are once again using their skills to help raise money for St Andrew’s Hospice.

The College’s Photography team has teamed up with the Airdrie hospice for a second year to host a competition for students to have their images feature in its annual calendar.

There were more than 160 entries submitted for this year’s competition, which was based on the theme of family.

A judging panel selected the top 12 images, and chose Coatbridge Campus student Kerri Beck’s photograph ‘Family Ties’ as the overall winner.

The winning entries were revealed at an awards ceremony held recently at our Motherwell Campus.

The awards were presented by world-renowned landscape photographer Colin Prior, who acted as a member of the judging panel and also shared insights from his career with students.

The full list of winners were:

  • January: ‘A Night of Friendship’ by Heather Callaghan
  • February: ‘Forever Love’ by Hannah Ward
  • March: ‘Caring Hands’ by Jules Greegain
  • April: ‘‘Hay’ There’ by Emma Sims
  • May: ‘The Lonely Tree’ by Margaret Anne McKenna
  • June: ‘That Moment’ by Craig Murray
  • July: ‘Instant Bond’ by Lauren Foster
  • August: ‘Family Ties’ by Kerri Beck
  • September: ‘Portencross Pier’ by Caitlin Johnstone
  • October: ‘Memories’ by Jules Greegain
  • November: ‘Horse at Sunset’ by Margaret Anne McKenna
  • December: ‘Winter Frolics’ by Willie Wood

NQ Photography student Kerri Beck (below), who lives in Airdrie, said: “I wanted to showcase what family meant to me.

“I took three trainers, each from a member in my family, and used the laces to spell out the word ‘family’, with roots under the shoes to symbolise the family roots that tie us all together and keep us connected.”

The calendar, priced £5, will go on sale in October.

New College Lanarkshire’s Photography team has an ongoing partnership with St Andrew’s Hospice by offering students the opportunity to photograph its events, which provides the Hospice with high quality images.

Andrew Flynn, schools and community development co-ordinator at St Andrew’s Hospice, said: “After the success of the 2019 calendar which sold more than 1,000 copies we are delighted to once again be working with New College Lanarkshire’s Photography team on our 2020 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 fantastic 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.”

St Andrew’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care for up to 30 in-patients with life-limiting illnesses, a range of out-patient services, and support for families.

For more information about its services and events, please visit

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