Winners of Student Art & Photography Competition 2024 are announced

Annual competition showcases students’ creative skills

The winners and runners-up in the 2024 St John’s College Student Art and Photography Competition have been announced.

Submissions in the form of photographs, paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, jewellery and digital films were invited for the competition, which was open to all Junior Members of College in residence, with prizes of up to £200 up for grabs.

The competition closed at the end of April and the 59 entries have now been judged anonymously by a panel comprising St John’s Fellows Richard Partington, Senior Tutor, Professor Deborah Howard, Professor Emerita of Architectural History, and Dr Sofia Singler, Assistant Professor of Architecture and College Lecturer in Architecture.

In the Fine and Applied Art – Paintings, Drawings or Prints section, the winner is Audrey Chan, a PhD student in English, for In the Mood for Love. Undergraduates Ryan Vowles and Emilio Hogan were both highly commended – Ryan, a second year in Natural Sciences, for Alice in Costume, and Emilio, who is a third-year History of Art student, for Portrait of Anja.

Audrey Chan's winning In the Mood for Love painting
Audrey Chan’s winning 'In the Mood for Love'.

Third-year Architecture undergraduate Archie Maton wins first prize in the Sculpture or Work of Applied Arts section of the Fine and Applied Art category for Skeletal Forms while Isabella Bottle, a third-year in History, is highly commended for Seeing Through.

No prizes were awarded in the Digital Film section of this category.


Archie Maton's winning art
'Skeletal Forms' by Archie Maton wins first prize for Sculpture or Work of Applied Arts.

In the Photography – Black and White category, first place goes to PhD student chemist Benjamin Craig for Alone on the Rocks while fellow PhD students Dominque Goddard (Classics) and Leopold Kloyer (Chemical Engineering) are both highly commended: Dominque for Surveillance and Leopold for Balancing Act.

Alone on the Rocks photography winner
'Alone on the Rocks' wins Benjamin Craig first prize for B&W photography.

Leopold Kloyer is winner in the Colour Photography category for Hungry Monster and three students are highly commended: third-year Engineering undergraduate Edward Brewer for Scottish Winter Mountaineering, Millie May, a third-year Politics and Social Anthropology undergraduate, for The Spice Spectrum and Dominque Goddard for Charlie.

Leopold's Hungry Monster photo
'Hungry Monster' by Leopold Kloyer scoops top prize for colour photography.

In the College or College Life photography group, Lisa Fenner, a PhD student in Politics and International Studies, takes top prize for Chapel in the Rain while Leopold Kloyer is highly commended for two photos, College Sentinel and Perspectives.

Lisa Fenner's Chapel in the Rain
Lisa Fenner’s 'Chapel in the Rain' is first in the College or College life photo category.

The winning and highly commended entries have been approved by College Council. The winners in the three photography categories win £100 each while £200 each goes to the two first-placed students in the Fine and Applied Arts section.

All the entries can be viewed in the Exhibition area of the Library between 9am and 5pm weekdays until 5pm on Thursday 13 June 2024.

* Note: Image copyright remains with the artist/photographer of each entry.

Published 23/5/2024

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