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2018 Student Photography Competition

Department of Geography & GeogSoc Annual Geography Student Photography Competition 2018: 

In partnership with the Geography Society, the Geography Department is holding its annual photography competition for geography students across the department (Undergraduate, Postgraduate and PhD). This is a chance for students to demonstrate their photography skills and illustrate some of the key concepts in geography. 

The competition will culminate in a gallery exhibition at 16.00 on Friday 2 March in the Post Graduate Common Room (4th Floor Strand Campus), of all photographs short-listed for each category by the judging panel. Those attending the exhibition will choose their overall winner and people's choice award on the night. This is an exciting event and a welcome break from assignments, with refreshments provided. Winners will be told within one week of the exhbition and Overall Winner & People's Choise Award Winner will receive an A3 print of their photograph, £25 Amazon voucher and a shoutout on all Geography Society social media! 

All submissions must be sent via email to The competition closes on Friday 23 February and all photographs must be submitted by this date. A new, larger panel comprised of John Reades, Brooke Robinson and the Geography Society Committee will judge the photos and choose our winners. 


The categories have changed this year, although some old favourites are included. Photos must be submitted to a particular category with a title and a short description of why they are included in the chosen category. The limit is two photos per entry and must be in two different categories.

Photographs will be judged on four criteria:

  • Quality of photograph 
  • Relevance to category 
  • Originality and uniqueness of concept
  • Creativity (lighting, effect, angle)


  • Field Trip (a photograph from a field trip taken during your time at King's)
  • People and Places
  • Everyday Life
  • The City
  • Landscapes of Change
  • A Changing Climate


2017 Winners

Here are our 2017 winners:

Overall Winner

Massimo Iannetti – ‘Non-Place’ 

Can a train station be considered a non-place, a mere network of human mobility? It welcomes, attracts and connects, it is origin and destiny, it is leave-taking and hope. Always silent in its sacred grandiosity, never muted by people’s lives. Perhaps these are the places which tell city’s stories ... in the right way.


Category Winner: Field Trip

Blanca Serrano – ‘Casual Conversations’

This photo portrays a casual conversation between a person inside the tuk-tuk and the motorcyclist. I think this interchange of words reflects a breakdown in social barriers and offers a rather natural example of social interactions that will still often happen in rural landscapes but has severely diminished in urban areas. It also challenges the concept of behaviour in public spaces. Why not have a conversation on the road?

Category Winner: Landscapes of Change

Shaan Azim – ‘Badlands’

Rich red hills eroded through the years exemplify the beauty and grandeur of the natural world.

Category Winner: Looking Closer

Anna Smith –‘ Sun Splinter’

When we visit places it's so easy to be caught up in the excitement of discovery and miss the small things, like this detail of the sun breaking through the cloud. This photo reminds me to look around and notice everything, not just the 'big stuff'.

Category Winner: People and Places

Blanca Serrano – ‘End of the Road’

This photo reflects varying perspectives and emotions during a train journey. The child seems bored and slightly angry whereas the mother observes her child in a calm, pensive, hesitant manner. It portrays the element of transportation in the daily lives of people as something that will take you somewhere but in which the actual journey is not acknowledged.

Category Winner: Staff and Post-Doc

Luke Dickens – ‘San Francisco Bay’

I took this photo from the top of Coit Tower, at the end of long day walking through downtown San Francisco with our brilliant second year BA students. The view overlooking the rolling hills around Fisherman’s Wharf and Fort Mason was amazing, particularly the symmetry and light on the older city blocks in the foreground. The Golden Gate bridge (far left) and Alcatraz (far right) were both gradually becoming shrouded in the evening sea mist, which seemed to encapsulate something of the essence of the city and felt like it rounded off our day nicely.

Winner – People’s Choice Award

Joseph Thompson – ‘Field Trip’

The picture shows only a small insight into some of the beautiful landscapes we saw in India.

Candidate for People’s Choice Award

Abbey Wong – Landscapes of Change – ‘Por Por’

For 40 years my Por Por has cooked for her family in the same small, bare kitchen in the Kwun Tong district of Hong Kong. Outside, the city she grew up in is morphing into something less familiar- urbanising to the extent that gaps between socio-economic groups are widening alongside their unity with nature.

Candidate for People’s Choice Award

Annabel Walsh – Looking Closer – ‘Monkey Face’

I spent hours taking photos of the monkeys and their babies with my new zoom lens, and this photo stands out to me because the monkey is looking straight at the camera, and I didn't use any post-cropping, he just filled the shot perfectly.







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