Croydon students triumph at photography competition

Croydon Guardian: Balvinder Nagi with his winning photograph Balvinder Nagi with his winning photograph

Photography students have once again swept the board at the annual City and Guilds International Photographic Competition.

For second year in a row, almost half of all the winners photos were submitted by adult learners studying with Croydon Adult Learning and Training (Calat).

The first three places in the Level 1 category went to Balvinder Nagi, Hideko Okuda-Overhoff and Rudolph Archer.

Mr Nagi's first-place entry captured a young woman on a spring afternoon in Leicester Square in difficult lighting conditions, with the sun directly behind her.

Ms Okuda-Overhoff’s picture was a striking and intriguing image of a carved watermelon, while Mr Archer submitted a lively shot of a funfair ride at dusk.

"Red Flower" by Anita Cottle achieved third place in the advanced Level 3 group and five other students collected runners-up awards.

Photograph is one of the most popular subjects offered by Calat and a new studio in the Clocktower in Katharine Street means facilities are now vastly improved.

There are seven different photography-based courses and sessions on offer, ranging from beginners to advanced.

Councillor Tim Pollard, cabinet member for children, families and learning, said: "Croydon’s record over the past two years in this competition is brilliant and my congratulations go out to those photographers who once again did so well."

 

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