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#UoNgoingplaces competition winners 2017

Ana Mihajlovic, Russian-style metro (St. Petersburg, Russia)

Congratulations to Ana Mihajlovic (Russian and Serbian/Croatian), who is the winner of our 2016-2017 #UoNgoingplaces photo competition.  Her winning photo was the very arresting image “Russian-style metro”. This year the shortlist – from a wonderful and rich field - was drawn up by an expert, our photographer in residence, Frédéric Lecloux (hosted by Jean-Xavier Ridon, French), who was here thanks to a Leverhulme Trust grant for a project about the Nepali migrants in Nottingham. If you are interested in Frédéric’s project and work, see his website, and his journal about his the residency at

Frederic’s criterion in compiling his shortlist: ‘A photograph should be more interesting than the subject and transcend its obviousness. (It is not my rule actually, it is Jeffrey Ladd's, but it I made it mine because it is efficient and powerful). So I looked for photos that do more than, well, just say what they say: there is a landscape, there is a remarkable building, full stop. We obviously know what a village in Provence look like, or a sunset on a windmill. We don't need another picture for that.’

Head of School, Professor Nicola Mclelland, chose our overall Winner, Runner-up, and Highly Commended photos as follows:

Winner, £50 Amazon voucher: Ana Mihajlovic, Russian-style metro (St. Petersburg, Russia)

Runner-up, £25 Amazon voucher: Jessica Byrne, Vienna’s cool (Austria) 

Highly commended (in alphabetical order):

  • Nick Allflatt, Time to reflect (Lac d’Annecy, France)
  • Frank Banks, Kensington Market (Toronto, Canada)
  • Kitty Cartwright, Narnia not Russia (Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia)
  • Jack Colman, Perito Moreno glacier (Argentina)
  • Beth Evington, Just one more picture of the Eiffel Tower (Paris, France)
  • Natalie Maher, Hand on ya hip on Broadway, it’s all showbiz darling after all (Manhattan, New York, USA)
  • Ruth Phillipps, Well there are definitely worse things to live around the corner from (Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Barcelona, Spain)
  • Victor Sampson, Tunnel vision (Elbe tunnel, Hamburg, Germany)
  • Helen Thompson, Reichstag (Berlin, Germany)
Well done to you all!
Posted on Thursday 20th July 2017

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