Congratulations to our Archaeology Student Photo Competition Autumn 2017 winners!

Professional photographer Linda Bussey, MA (Photography); BA Fine Art; PGCE, kindly judged our photo competition and has also provided useful feedback to our winners.  Linda said she really enjoyed judging the competition for us and that the images which had particularly stood out from the others for her were 'those that consider composition, lighting, good technique and that tell a story.'

Linda selected Kathryn Libby's image 'Excavating in the shadow of a nearby power station' as the overall winner of this semester's competition.  Congratulations to Kathryn and well done to all the other category winners and runners up.  Many thanks to all those students who entered the competition this semester. 

Next semester's competition will be announced in the New Year so please look out for that.  Linda provided the following tips for how to take great photographs:

• Think about your subject - what are you trying to show?
• Make sure the image is in focus
• Try different angles - don’t take all your photographs from the same height
• What direction is the light coming from? Is it bright, soft?
• Don’t be afraid to get close to your subject

Archaeological Landscapes

Category winner: Charlotte Waller-Cotterhill

'The Great Wall Divide'

Charlotte Waller-Cotterhill's image of The Great Wall

Judge's comments:

Love the atmosphere in this image, misty and atmospheric. The panoramic format works well with the perspective as the hills roll off into the distance. The scene is given a sense of scale by the people in the foreground. The line of the wall also leads the viewer into the image. The Great Wall is an icon within archaeological landscapes and the atmosphere has been well captured by Charlotte. A bit of work on the sky to make it less white in the centre would help make this image even more striking.

Archaeology & People

Category winner: Hannah Clutton

'Myself Looking over Borobudur Temple Complex'

Hannah Clutton's image

Judge's comments:

A dramatic and yet peaceful scene. The image was taken on a cloudy day and yet the soft light and the muted colours add to the serenity.

In the Field

Category winner and overall winner of the photo competition: Kathryn Libby

'Excavating in the shadow of a nearby power station'

Kathryn Libby's image

Judge's comments:

A muddy field and a view of a power station. A great image that shows archaeology in its true grit. No glamour, no beautiful view, just the reality of being out in the field- literally! The panoramic format is another winner (is it just me?). The slightly misty power station in the distance and the scale of the person, symbolises, for me at least, the struggle archaeologists have preserving the past as it is being eradicated by our increasingly industrialised planet.

In the Lab

Category winner: Sergios Menelaou

'Ceramic thin-section photomicrograph'

Sergios Menelaou's image

Judge's comments:

Not quite sure what I’m looking at here, but I treated this as an abstract image with interesting colours and textures

And the runners up...

Archaeological Landscapes

Isabelle Sherriff 'Stonehenge'

Judge's comments: 'Another good use of the panoramic format. Dramatic lighting gives the stones texture and a 3D quality. Again, the figures give a sense of scale. The dramatic sky is great as it just sits behind the stones, emphasising their drama.'

Isabelle Sherriff's image

In the Field

Isabel Cook 'Baseline offset survey of a post-medieval sheepfold'

Judge's comments: 'Love the intensity of the person mapping out the area, the other figures are also deeply engaged in their work. The landscape is dramatic and shows the involvement the archaeologists have with the outdoors'.

Isabel Cook's image

Archaeology and people

Paloma Pico Tallon 'Museum’s Corner'

Judge's comments: 'I like the busyness of this image. There was probably not much light and the camera has compensated by selecting a slow shutter speed, blurring some of the figures. I think this nicely composed too with the pillar down the left of the image. Again, a sense of scale comes through, with the people dwarfed by the skeleton of the dinosaur.'

Paloma Pico Tallon's image

In the Lab

Jayne Burland 'For the love of Zooarchaeology'

Judge's comments: 'Interesting idea, are the heart-shaped bones part of the animals spine? Some more dramatic lighting would have helped this image.'

Jayne Burland's image