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Students claim top prize in photography competition

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09 May 2013

Three teams of students claimed the top prize in an international photography competition after composing and shooting an image within just 30 hours of discovering the theme for the contest.

North Wales School of Art and Design students were placed first in three of 10 different themed-categories in the International Photocross Photography competition.

A Magic of the Theatre topic was won by Trevor Edwards and Jay Thorne; Joanna Janusz and William Aron won a ‘Flame of Spring’ category. Both are studying on the BA (Hons) Design: Creative Media course at Glyndŵr University.

Lois Thomson and Agnieszka Sleziak were placed first for their entry depicting ‘Evolution of the Student’, while a team of first year students, Frank Haggar, Katie Cowell and Tommy Needham, finished in third place. All five students are studying on the university’s new BA (Hons) Design: Film and Photography course.

International Photocross is a new event organised by the RBIM (Russian British Institute of Management) which enables students from across the world with a passion for photography to compete against each other.

Students from China, India, Italy, USA, Macedonia, Austria, Ukraine and Russia, along with those from Glyndŵr University and elsewhere in the UK, took the one day brief of ten topics and interpreted them in their own style.

Principal Lecturer Marisse Mari said:  “It is the first time that students from Glyndŵr University's North Wales School of Art and Design have had the opportunity of taking part in Photocross and they really enjoyed it.

"There are many benefits for the students. A key one is that they have created some commendable photography in a very short space of time under the pressure of a strict deadline, as they would if working in industry.

“Some of the students worked in pairs or small teams of three.  This collaborative activity is healthy practice in helping them to resolve problems together and enabling them to mature socially. They now have the opportunity of comparing their photography with other participants from all over the world.”

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