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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

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, 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.