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Photography Competition

St Peter's School

Photography Competition

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The Art Department have launched a photography competition inspired by the theme 'From a Distance', to encourage members of the St Peter's School community to record their experience of life during lockdown. 

Read on to find out more about the competition and how to get involved.

From a distance...

Every photograph tells a story or a bit of a story… a ‘snapshot’ of an idea, or a place, or a moment in time. Very often these are presented as a collection of photographs (in an exhibition, an album, even wedding photos) and they tell a story of that event, or period of time or subject matter.

Famous examples of this might include Sebastiao Salgado‘Gold’ photographs or Lee Friedlander’s ‘America by Car’. Artists and photographers very often choose a format for a series of photographs that provides a common visual theme. For instance Gillian Wearing’s series Signs that Say What You Want Them To Say and Not Signs that Say What Someone Else Wants You To Say saw her stoppassers-by in a busy street in South London and asked them to write down what was on their mind. With their permission, she then photographed them holding their statement. A broad cross-section of people participated in the photographs and the series provides a fascinating social and historical document. Visually they are all very similar and this gives coherence to the collection.

More recently since the Covid ‘lockdown’ photographer Fran Monks has created a series of photographs that records the remote nature of our ‘screen communications’. Photographs of people within their screens highlight the added sense of distance, but also reveal something of the nature of the personalities of the people photographed.

Other series worth looking at include;

Diane Arbus’s photographs of Identical Twins, Ansel Adam’s photographs of the American National Parks, Saul Leiter’s Manhattan photographs or his more intimate ‘In my Room’ series, Robert Capa’s iconic images of Omaha Beach which later inspired the cinematography of the film ‘Saving Private Ryan’, Dorothea Lange’s documentary photographs of the Great Depression in 1930’s America… and there are many others!

Remit: To submit a Photo Essay on the theme ‘From a Distance…’ which describes some aspect of life since the Covid lockdown.


  • All photographs must have been taken since lockdown started on 23 March 2020.
  • Photographs must form part of a series of between 4 and 8 photographs
  • All photographs within the series must conform to the same size and style.
  • Subject matter is completely open to interpretation.
  • Photographs can be taken on any camera or device but must be of a printable quality as we hope to display the winning series around the school when lockdown ceases.
  • In order to submit please paste the photographs onto a Word document so that we can see the series in its entirety, and for ease of sending (although we may ultimately need jpegs of individual photographs at some time for printing purposes). Name the document with your full name and age (or category) and email them to Charlotte Chisholm at,
  • The competition is open to all pupils and staff within the school, and Old Peterites, and will be judged in the following age categories 

    • Infant – Under 7 yrs
    • Junior – 8 – 12 yrs
    • Senior – 13 – 18 yrs
    • Adult – Over 18
    • Old Peterite

Deadline for all submissions: Monday 1 June