CONGRATULATIONS to King’s Ely Sixth Form student, Paige Newell, who has been crowned the winner of this year’s ILFORD PHOTO UK Student Photography Competition!

Not only are we super proud of Paige but it is also the third year running that the King’s Ely Photography Department has won the competition!

For this year’s contest, photography students from across the UK were invited to choose one word to complete the sentence, ‘A sense of…’ and to create an image to encapsulate that.

Paige, who is in Year 12, chose the word ‘vulnerability’ and portrayed this using ILFORD HP5 Plus film. Her image was printed on ILFORD MULTIGRADE IV RC Pearl paper.

Antonio Longo, Head of Photography at King’s Ely, said: “I am over the moon for Paige! Both the image and the print quality were of an exceptionally high standard. The Department also had several other students who were in the final judging again, which highlights the strength of traditional film and darkroom practice. To win the competition for three years running is an amazing feeling – I am so proud of the students.”

A statement on the ILFORD PHOTO website says: “Paige’s win marks an incredible three-year streak for King’s Ely and tutor Antonio Longo, Head of Photography. It once again reinforces the school’s reputation as a hot bed for emerging photographers and shows how they have benefited from integrating the competition into their GCSE and A Level curriculum. The school continues to explore all elements of film and darkroom printing processes, from Chemigrams to B&W printing.

“We hope that despite the disruption with her course this year, that Paige and everyone who participated will go onto have incredibly successful futures in photography.

“We would like to thank all the students, colleges, tutors and technicians for once again supporting and participating in the competition. We wish you all the very best over the coming weeks and months and hope you are able to return to normal as soon as possible.”

Paige’s success comes after Luna Guo was crowned both the UK and International winner in 2018/19 and Orla Simpson won the UK competition in 2017-18.

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