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Student Competition Winners

Student Competition Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Exhibtr 2015/16 Student Photography Competition sponsored by Olympus are:

First Place and Overall Winner, ‘Cambridge School of Art’ student, Steven Allwright for ‘Caprice’. The Judges commented ‘Stephen’s image encapsulates the spirit of the theme. Fashion/beauty photography requires a synergy between styling, lighting and composition and we felt Stephen’s image communicated this really well. Stephen will receive a superb Olympus OMD E-M1, a camera that is used by amateurs and professionals alike and loved both for its high quality images and good looks.

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Stephen is a Cambridge based photographer who spent several years bouncing between interests before sublimating fully into photography. A few years spent learning finally led him to a photography course at the University of Bedfordshire then rapidly on to study a BA in Photography at Cambridge School of Art. He works primarily in the areas of Portraiture, beauty and editorial photography with occasional diversions into the bizarre, macabre and quirky.  The winning shot was taken on my university’s Phase One P45 and 645DF.

More of Stephen’s work can be seen at www.stephenallwright.co.uk

Second Place goes to Portsmouth University student Veronika Latanovskaya for ‘Martyna’. The judges commented ‘Veronika’s submission was very powerful, we loved the styling and concept. As with the winning entry, we felt she embodied the theme and is most deserving of her award’. Veronika’s prize is an Olympus PEN E-PL7

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Estonian based photographer, Veronika is currently studying for an honours degree in Photography at the University of Portsmouth. She adds ‘My photographic journey started at an early age with the help from my grandfather who gave me a German analogue camera. My interest began to grow stronger, as I travelled the streets of my hometown Tallinn, experimenting with framing and the conceptual aspects of photography. The techniques and skills that I learnt were self-taught and gained with my experience working as both the artist and occasional model’.

Veronika further elaborates, ‘In my work, I try to show the beauty of abnormal image in the world. I believe, that everything that stands out of normality, everything that disturbs, makes you wonder, gaze, terrifies – creates a more interesting and unique world around us. Personally, I am interested in the questions of mortality, but not seeing it as something full of sorrow and desperation, but as harmony of peace, silence and the feeling of inevitability, something that we always have to bare in mind, but not be afraid of. In my work I like to use high contrast, which helps to highlight the textures and details on which I want to focus the viewer’s eye. I work on both analogue and digital cameras, experimenting with different equipment and lights’.

You can see more of Veronika’s work at


Third place goes to ‘East Durham College’ student Megan Ogden for her image ‘Back Yard Junkie’. Megan has been interested in photography since the age of 13 and hopes to make a career in photography. Megan’s work is eclectic in nature with an interest across a wide range of subjects. Her entry has strong links to youth culture. Megan wins an Olympus STYLUS TG860

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Megan says ‘I got into photography when I was about 13 and  started out taking pictures of flowers pretty much, but now I really like taking pictures of people and I hope to have a career  doing wedding and baby photography. That’s pretty much it, I’d probably like to travel and take pictures of people from other cultures  as well.’

About her image she elaborates ‘Personally, what I specifically like about this image is how he is the main subject with the street behind him. The idea of this image represents today’s youth in my area that believes its ‘cool’ to use depression as a trend whilst smoking cigarettes, getting stoned and off their face with alcohol, thinking there is nothing else to life than being deep sad and getting high. My opinions of this image is that it demonstrates the stingy life of these youths because its quite dark and miserable, because they think its #tumblrlyf #hipsteraf .

A big thanks to our judges R Cleveland Aaron, Jay McLaughlin and Nico Goodden who are all Olympus Ambassadors and Visionaries.

Thanks to all who entered, we had literally thousands of entries and the shortlisting and judging process was extremely difficult as the standard was so high. We wish you all well with your studies for 2016 and please continue to use Exhibtr and we will showcase all the best images we receive.

We have a lot of exciting projects currently underway at Exhibtr.com, with a redesign of the site and the ability to sell stock imagery coming later in the year, so watch this space.

We will announce this years competition in the Summer.


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120 Hours in India

120 Hours in India


An Exhibition by R CLEVELAND AARON

February 22 – February 27


183 – 185 Bermondsey Street,





R. Cleveland Aaron shoots Portraits, Architecture, Products & occasionally fashion. He divides his time between commissions, tutoring and personal projects. His association with Olympus UK spans some 15 years, and recently he was given the titles ‘Olympus Ambassador and European Visionary’. His use of light and attention to detail epitomises his philosophy on Photography. “Every shot is a memory, I take pictures like it’s a matter of light & depth”.


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Cleveland allocated 120 hours to visit 2 Indian cities and document a boy’s quest to collect images to exhibit and raise money for SMILE TRAIN a charity set up to help children born with cleft palates/lips.

His images document the fine work of the SMILE TRAIN organisation in a hospital in Delhi.

“I was only in India for five days. Although it wasn’t the first time I’d been there, it was the first time that I’d truly seen the country. I’d visited around 20 years previously, on that trip all I saw was an airport, hotel, office, and restaurant.”

“The exclusive one-off prints will be available for a suggested donation to Smile Train, while the images I took at the hospital will help document the work they do.”

You can see more of Cleveland’s outstanding work at:




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Competition Judges

Competition Judges

We are pleased to announce the judges for this year’s Student Photography Awards will be Olympus Ambassadors Jay McLaughlin, R. Cleveland Aaron and Nicholas Goodden.

About the Judges:

Jay Mclaughlin

Jay McLaughlin is an Olympus Brand Visionary and has always taken a keen interest in photography. Having originally studied graphic design, he was made redundant in 2006 and suddenly found himself in a position where he had an opportunity to consider a change of direction. “I’ve always been a visually driven and creative person,” he believes. “So I went out and bought myself a DSLR. From that point on, I knew who I was.” Within six months of pursuing his passion for photography outright, Jay secured his first magazine cover. Within a year he was shooting for the nationals. Current work includes fashion and celebrity editorial shoots alongside commercial and advertising projects. Jay admits to flirting with a variety of photographic formats, but says the Olympus OM-D is the first camera with which he has made a deep connection. The love affair has arisen not only due to its stunning image quality, but also its compact size and vintage feel.


R. Cleveland Aaron was born and raised in East London. He spent 11 years working in the city as an Aviation Broker before making a U-turn back to his passion of taking pictures. His early commissions were from the music industry and urban scene, where he made a name for himself shooting creative portraits and urban lifestyle. It was during this period, around 1999, that he first worked with Olympus covering the Winter Music Conference in Miami, The World B-Boys Championship (break-dancing tournament), as well as working with such artists as Goldie, Roni Size and later, Dizzy Rascal and Estelle. Working in the music industry soon led to the fashion industry with labels such as Diesel (which included producing an installation for their London, Covent Garden store), Levi’s and Helmut Lang, to mention a few, as well as being a regular contributor to Graduate Fashion Week. By 2008 he was included in the top 5 Contemporary Fashion Photographers by Milan based magazine Max. But it was his impeccable attention to detail that earned him commissions in advertising for big name brands such as Bacardi, Vodafone, Martini, Nike and YMC (French Connection). His love of architecture keeps him visually inspired forming the basis of his photographic style and passion for understanding light and shapes. His commissions in this field have taken him around the world to photograph schools, hotels, restaurants, museums and many other structures. He will soon be working on an architectural photography book and he continues to assist Olympus in their popular workshops and seminars.

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Nicholas “Nico” Goodden is a half French/English urban and street photographer, Olympus ambassador and cinemagraph producer. With a background in marketing and strength in social media he creates mesmerizing cinemagraphs and short, impactful, seamless video loops. These are used for social media marketing, website video backgrounds and digital displays by his clients which include Peugeot and Adidas. When not busy making cinemagraphs, Nico is also a passionate award winning London Street Photographer and the founder of the Street Photography London collective. His work was published in Huffington Post, The Londonist and Evening Standard and exhibited solo for three months for the opening of the hip Hoxton Hotel in Holborn.

About the competition:

The theme of the competition is “Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle” where we will be encouraging Students to show us their ability to compose a great image. Entrants don’t need to be a professional photographer or on a photography course to enter, just a keen eye and an interest or passion for photography. Entrants must be in full or part time education and 16 years of age or older. 

The prizes:

The overall winner will receive a superb Olympus OMD E-M1 camera that is used by amateurs and professionals alike and loved for both its high quality images and good looks, 2nd place will receive an Olympus PEN E-PL7 and 3rd place an Olympus STYLUS TG 860. 30 Shortlisted finalists will also receive Exhibtr Premium Accounts.

How to enter:

Follow the link below:



Sign up to Exhibtr.com, form a profile and upload your entries remembering to tag them “olycomp”.

You can submit as many entries as you like, using any make of camera equipment, and the competition is open from now until January 8th, 2016. Results will be announced on the Exhibtr Blog.

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2015 Student Competition

2015 Student Competition

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Exhibtr Student Photography Competition will be launched on Tuesday 15th September and be sponsored by Olympus UK with some spectacular prizes on offer.

1st Prize – OMD E-M1

2nd Prize – PEN E-PL7

3rd Prize – STYLUS TG-860

The new Olympus OMD E-M1 is the most advanced compact system camera Olympus produce, truly a camera for passionate professionals. For details on all the prizes go to http://www.olympus.co.uk/site/en/c/cameras/

Although we are launching the competition on 15th September 2015, it will run until 8th January 2016 so you have plenty of time to get your entries to us.

The theme of this year’s competition is ‘Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle’.

You can make as many entries as you like on any brand of camera by simply uploading your images to the Exhibtr site, tagging them #Olycomp.

Entrants must be 16 years or older and in full or part time education. For a full set of our competition rules go to http://exhibtr.com/pages/competitions

Photograph by Kyle Allan

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Sony – 007

Sony – 007

Ahead of the release of the highly anticipated motion picture SPECTRE, Sony has unveiled its ‘Made for Bond’ advertising campaign, which stars Naomie Harris as Moneypenny. SPECTRE, from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, will be released in the UK on October 26 and in the US on November 6.

Packing a powerful punch, the short film follows a tense chase across London’s South Bank as Moneypenny fights off mysterious villains to deliver Bond’s Xperia Z5 phone.  Using state-of-the-art tools, including an advanced compact RX100 IV Cyber-shot camera, she captures surveillance in super-slow motion.

The 60-second piece has been produced by the legendary British director Danny Kleinman.  Created by ad agency adam&eveDDB with production company Rattling Stick, the majority of the campaign film was shot on Sony’s F65 professional 4K cinema camera, interspersed with ‘slow motion’ surveillance that can be seen through the screen of the RX100 IV camera, and photography shown on the screen of the Xperia Z5.

Kleinman says, “The campaign film truly captures the excitement of the chase, being on a mission and taking the viewer on the journey, all set against an iconic London backdrop.”

Harris adds, “London provides the perfect setting for the campaign film.  Ultimately, at the centre of Bond is Britishness, so it was really important that the ad was shot here.  It is not your traditional commercial; it’s an action-packed mini movie in itself.”

Kazuo Hirai, President and CEO, Sony Corporation adds, “Sony has been a proud partner of the iconic Bond films since Casino Royale. While both the Xperia Z5 and RX100 IV are action-packed and full of features, they are also real, everyday-life gadgets.  Whether being used by Moneypenny on undercover surveillance or a creative photographer who wants to take and share outstanding photography captured on social channels, they’re easy to use, pocketable and award-winning products for day-to-day and secret agent use alike.”



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Olympus Test and Wow

Olympus Test and Wow

Olympus announce an exciting, free new opportunity for photographers to test and wow their award winning cameras and lenses. They can chose from the OM-D or PEN series including the new OM-D E-M5 Mark II, in combination with one or more high-performance M.ZUIKO lenses.

The Olympus’ ‘Test & Wow’ program is free and lets photographers trial their interchangeable-lens system cameras* – for three days, in their own time, away from the retailer with no strings attached. It is the perfect way for photographers to use and handle the Olympus interchangeable-lens system and find the perfect fit for their photographic needs.

Reserving a test camera and lens is simple. Photographers can browse through the cameras and lenses available online at wow.olympus.eu/GB_en Then they simply register their preferred trial product(s), the date for the loan and their nearest Olympus retailer. Their Test and Wow package will be ready to collect when they arrive in the store. The test period lasts three working days, including the pick-up and return day, which guarantees at least one full day of testing before it’s time to return their camera on test. If it is more convenient, photographers can also arrange the test directly at the retailers.

How it works in 4 steps;

1. Choose a camera or lens on the Olympus Test & Wow website

2. Choose an Olympus dealer

3. Place your reservation: Choose a date and complete the online registration form.

4. Pick up the equipment at the retailers on the agreed date and enjoy a three-days free trial

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Exhibtr App

Exhibtr App

The Exhibtr App for iOS  smart phones and tablets is now available from the Apple Store.

The app will give you all the functionality you currently enjoy with your Exhibtr profile allowing you to up load images from wherever you have Internet connectivity.

Creativity here, there, everywhere, watch this space and social media for more details and the official release date.

For more details: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/exhibtr/id949198100?mt=8

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Lorraine Ross

Lorraine Ross

Edinburgh College student Lorraine Ross was runner up in this year’s Exhibtr Student Photography Competition for her shot of Glaswegian band Chvrches, shot at T in the Park last year.

Lorraine left school in 2004 wanting to be a fine artist, and further explains.

‘I’ve always loved taking photos. I remember on my 7th birthday at Euro Disney begging my dad to show me how to work his SLR camera. Like most photographers, I always struggled with the self-belief that it was something that I could ever make into a career. I stumbled through call centre jobs, photographing bands, burlesque performers, fashion models and weddings on the side.’

‘I’ve had so many amazing opportunities and experiences from my photography. T in the Park last year was one of my highlights and brought me back to my teens photographing up and coming bands and concert photography. Chvrches are one my favourite bands at the moment, so I was thrilled that one of my shots was picked as a winner for the competition with Exhibtr.’

Lorraine is now getting published features, paid work and building a following on social media. She has quit her job and is studying for an HND in Interactive Media (Web Development) at Edinburgh College and says she is really excited at what the future holds.

We totally agree!

You can see more of Lorraine’s superb work on her Exhibtr profile at:


and her own websites at:






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David Uzochukwu

David Uzochukwu

David Uzochukwu was the winner of 2014/15 Exhibtr Student Photography Prize for his self-portrait ‘Monolith’.

David was born in Innsbruck,  moved to Luxembourg when he was 6 years and now works out of Brussels. Although David likes to spend free time reading, and traveling he describes Photography as ‘one of the best things that ever happened to me, as it changed my view of the world and the way I see people’.

The Internet helped David discover the work of Laura Zalenga one of his earliest inspirations. Impressed by her work, it motivated him to start producing portraits and self-portraits.

When David discovers projects that spark his interest, he begins building a story around the subject, a process that can take several days, and once happy with the concept, makes the shoot. He then brings everything together in post-production, changing colours and contrast and turning the picture into his initial vision.

David finds personal work more satisfying than client work as there are no limits or restrictions, allowing him to fully explore his imagination and get closer to ‘who he really is’.

David says he is still growing but we predict a bright future for this emergent talent.

You can see more of David’s work at:


and his own site at:


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Student Competition Winners

Student Competition Winners

We are pleased to announce that the winners of the 2014 Exhibtr Student Photography Competition are:

1st Place – David Uzochukwu for his self-portrait ‘Monolith

2nd Place – Loraine Ross for ‘Chvrches TITP‘ captured at T in the park 2014

3rd Place – Tao Toms for ‘Barn Owl

Prizes will be dispatched over the next 2 weeks with a Canon EOS 70D going to David and we have upgraded the prizes for Loraine and Tao to Canon IXUS 160’s.

We will also be upgrading the exhibtr profiles of all winners to Premium Accounts with unlimited upload capacity.

All the winning images can be seen on our discover page and we will shortly produce features on each of the winning photographers.

We’d like to thank all of you who submitted work, we had over 7000 entries, and the quality of the images entered has been absolutely superb. Selecting the winners was an incredibly difficult decision for the judging panel, and we’d like to particularly thank Jasper Wilkins, Jack Harries and Harry Judd, for all their efforts in support of the competition.

For all of you who are disappointed, we will be running more exciting competitions soon. We will be shortly announcing a street photography competition to celebrate the launch of the Exhibtr App, and of course the 2015 annual Student Photography Competition will be announced with even more prizes in September.

Watch this space and social media for further details, and don’t forget to keep sending us your best shots and we’ll showcase and promote your work to a global audience.

The Exhibtr Team


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