James College and ISA photography competition extended

A photography competition run by James College and the University of York’s International Students’ Association (ISA) has extended its deadline to April 16 after receiving further financial backing.

The initial deadline was set at February 23 but the increased backing means that competition entries will be accepted for longer to encourage students to enter for the "exciting prizes" available.

The competition, open to all of the university's students, offers three categories of 'food', 'global', and 'your life in York' and entrants can send in up to three photos.

Entries will be judged by an expert panel and the winners will be announced at a prize-giving drinks and nibbles reception event, the date of which will be announced soon on the James College website and emailed out to entrants.

Cash prizes are on offer for the winners and runners-up of each category and there will also be overall prizes for the best overall entry and best entry from a James student.

The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) is also sponsoring two postgraduate prizes for the best two entries from postgraduates.

Some entries already submitted were exhibited at ISA’s Fiesta event on Saturday, February 25.

Dr Neil Lunt, Provost of James College, revealed that last year’s competition attracted over 120 people and over 240 entries and told The Yorker: “With the assistance of ISA, we are hoping to increase that this year.”

The competition first started in 2008 and inaugural winner Tom Hole is now pursuing a professional career in photography.

Writing on the James College newsletter, Hole said: “Three years hard studying had cemented in my mind what career path I wanted to follow. I wanted to be a Photographer. Clearly this this wasn’t the career path that the prospectus set out but it goes to show University throws up a range of opportunities you might never have considered embracing.

“Before York my interest in Photography was minimal. I joined PhotoSoc because adding a few societies to my CV seemed an easy way to bulk it up. To my surprise I found a hobby that I really enjoyed. I worked within Vision, Nouse and Bad Taste because I loved seeing my images in print and I got involved with running PhotoSoc so I could expand it to include an equipment store and darkroom.

“Now nearly four years later I am self-employed and split my time between being behind the camera and helping other photographers setup their businesses and branding.”

Read Tom Hole’s full account on the James College Newsletter.

Entries should be sent by email to jamescollegeyork@yahoo.com along with an entry form by April 16. Forms can be downloaded from the James College website, where you can also view rules and see previous years’ material.

The competition deadline has been extended until April 16 ©James College; Image credit: Sophie Jones

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