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Student Photography Competition – Winners Announced!

It gives us great pleasure to announce the winners of 2017’s student photography competition. We received over 40 entries and were blown away by the creativity and standard of these. There were so many which showed different and dynamic sides to Portsmouth and student life. We’d like to thank everyone who entered.

The winners are as follows:

  • FIRST PLACE: Dominic Coombs for his photograph of a Swan Boat on the Canoe Lake, Southsea
  • SECOND PLACE: Joseph Long for his photograph of Portsmouth’s nighttime cityscape
  • THIRD PLACE (joint):
    • Katy Hodges for her photograph of the Yomper Statue, Royal Marines Museum, at Dusk
    • Oliver Stedman for his photograph of a skateboarder at Southsea bandstand
    • Luke Forster for his photograph of the Naval monument on Southsea seafront

Highly Commended:

  • Dominic Coombs for his photograph of small boats and HMS Warrior
  • Abigail Jeffery for her photograph of the Gentleman’s Magazine
  • Rebecca Hams for her photograph of HMS Warrior
  • Katy Hodges for her photograph of a student with Southsea Castle


Judges Comments on winners:

First Place: Swan Boat (Dominic Coombs)

This image is quirky and cheeky, down to the somewhat quizzical look on the seagull’s face! Nice alignment of the subject within the frame of the image. The lighting captures something early-summerish about this scene and is a part of Portsmouth not usually seen by tourists or in our marketing.

Second Place: Night-time cityscape (Joseph Long)


A beautiful cityscape at night. This photograph shows Portsmouth as a busy and exciting urban centre, the photo reaches right across the island to Langstone Harbour and the lamps glow red, showing life across the island.

Third Place (joint):

Yomper (Katy Hodges)

The silhouette of the Yomper against a contrasting Portsmouth sunset sky creates a dramatic atmosphere. The sun, burning but hazy behind looming clouds, seagulls circling around the beach, and the small delicate detail of the Victorian lamps of the prom cast a light on this area of our city

Southsea bandstand (Oliver Stedman)


The bandstand image perfectly sums up and reflects the mixture of ‘old’ and ‘new’ at Portsmouth. A modern structure, built in an Edwardian style, now being put to use for 21st century recreation, and enjoyed by students, who make Portsmouth a lively and vibrant place to be.

Naval Monument (Luke Forster)


The image highlights an iconic Portsmouth structure, but from a different angle, creating an interesting contrast between the material of the building, and the blue sky. It also hints towards some of the subjects/topics covered in our History degree – war, local identity and memory/commemoration.


Highly Commended Images:

Dominic Coombs (Little boats near HMS Warrior)

Katy Hodges (Southsea Castle)

Abigail Jeffery (Gentleman’s Magazine)


Rebecca Hams (HMS Warrior)


The winners will receive their prizes shortly, and the images will be appearing on this History Instagram feed: UoP_History


Well done everyone!


~ The History Team

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