WolvColl Photography Student Wins Young Photographer 2020 Award

Wolverhampton Photographic Society were delighted to announce the Winners of the Wolverhampton Young Photographer 2020 Competition at an online Awards Ceremony on 11 April 2021.

Congratulations to Rhianna Jones from City of Wolverhampton College who achieved the fabulous title of Wolverhampton Young Photographer 2020 and Isaac Philips who won the Senior Creative prize.

Senior Wolverhampton Young Photographer 2020 : Rhianna Jones

Rhianna Jones aged 18 from City of Wolverhampton College won the Senior Prize with “Loneliness” (below) – her entry won the category “My Lockdown”.

“Loneliness” by Rhianna Jones
“A Splash of Colours”

The Judges thought this photograph showed great imagination and they appreciated the storyline of how it conveyed lockdown for many people. The photograph was a simple composition but very effectively executed and the waving hand brought an addition connection to the scene and a smile to the Judges faces. They had no hesitation in selecting it as the winner in the Senior Lockdown section.

Rhianna also won the Creative Prize with “A Splash of Colours”,

Senior Creative Prize Winner: Isaac Philips


We’d also like to congratulate everyone who took part in this competition, not just from City of Wolverhampton College, but from other Wolverhampton schools.

1VoicesIsaac PhillipsWolverhampton College
2AbstractionTyler BoonCity Of Wolverhampton College
3CatatoniaEleanor WilkinsonWolverhampton Grammar School
 Pretty Flowers By BonesBenjamin HowellWolverhampton College
 BeastFinn WrightCity Of Wolverhampton College
 BiteFinn WrightCity Of Wolverhampton College
 IntertwinedIsaac PhillipsWolverhampton College
 Boat HouseLily JWolverhampton College
 ExposedMegan Lewis-woolleyCity Of Wolverhampton College
1LonelinessRhianna JonesCity Of Wolverhampton College
2BreakdownJoeb ChardCity Of Wolverhampton College
3CopingSaaya DebWolverhampton Grammar School
 Wear A MaskAlexandru PaunSt Thomas More Catholic School
 DesolateBen EcclestonSt Thomas More Catholic School
 IsolatedBen ThornthwaiteWolverhampton Grammar School
 Anger Of LockdownBenjamin HowellWolverhampton College
 New BeginningsKatie GoodridgeWolverhampton Grammar School
 Rainy Day ReadingNathan MironSt Thomas More Catholic School
 Stir CrazySaaya DebWolverhampton Grammar School
1A Splash Of ColourRhianna JonesCity Of Wolverhampton College
2The Detailed BirdRhianna JonesCity Of Wolverhampton College
3Potrait PatternsGintautas LekaviciusSt Thomas More Catholic School
 FlowerFinn WrightCity Of Wolverhampton College
 Purple RainJake MusgroveCity Of Wolverhampton College
 Sunset SphereJake MusgroveCity Of Wolverhampton College
 BubblesKara PayneSt Thomas More Catholic School
 CaptiveMegan Lewis-woolleyCity Of Wolverhampton College
 UltraMegan Lewis-woolleyCity Of Wolverhampton College
 Optical IllusionRhianna JonesCity Of Wolverhampton College
1We Are All Mad HereMya GheraWolverhampton Grammar School
2HopeAshvini SamantaWolverhampton Grammar School
3Christmas In A CanMya BharjWolverhampton Grammar School
 Flow Of WaterVishwas KumarWolverhampton Grammar School
 Fountain Of FireVishwas KumarWolverhampton Grammar School
 Light RefractionRumaysa TajWolverhampton Grammar School
 Silent NightMya BharjWolverhampton Grammar School
 Spring LifeVishwas KumarWolverhampton Grammar School
 The Ants LandscapeVeer JainWolverhampton Grammar School
 Urban IRumaysa TajWolverhampton Grammar School
JuniorLandscape and Nature  
1You Can Reach HigherAhmed ImranWolverhampton Grammar School
2White ButterflyNeil DesaiWolverhampton Grammar School
3Along The CanalMya GheraWolverhampton Grammar School
 Blackberry BloomNeil DesaiWolverhampton Grammar School
 CoronavirusAhmed ImranWolverhampton Grammar School
 DistantVishwas KumarWolverhampton Grammar School
 Fiery TreeVishwas KumarWolverhampton Grammar School
 SkyJasmine MehatHighfields School
 Sunflower 1Jasmine MehatHighfields School
 This Is PeaceVishwas KumarWolverhampton Grammar School

Thank you

The Wolverhampton Photographic Society are very grateful to the 3 judges who selected the top 3 images from the finalists and chose the overall winners in the Junior (GCSE year and below) and Senior (Years 12 & 13) sections.  The judges collaborated and often had to debate about all aspects of a picture (the technical, commercial and artistic elements) to get an agreement on the placings.  This years judges were:

  • Tim Thursfield (Group Chief Photographer, Midland News Association)
  • Carol Thompson (Senior Curator at Wolverhampton Arts and Culture)
  • Bob Moore Hon.FRPS,Hon.PAGB,MPAGB,FIPF,FBIPP (International photographer and judge for some 50 years)

Carol Bailey, Chair of Wolverhampton Photographic Society that runs this annual competition said: “Despite the obvious restrictions that Covid has meant for students and teachers, we still had almost 120 entries (down from over 400 last year).  There has been an incredible level of high quality images from the young people of Wolverhampton, and all those who entered should be very proud of themselves.”

Carol, along with Rob Cowell and Andy Burton, also from Wolverhampton Photographic Society, have been running this competition for 5 years.  We are keen to encourage young people to develop their creative and technical skills, and urge all schools to take up the challenge in the future.

We couldn’t have run this competition without the support from local businesses and organisations who despite tough times business-wise, have supported us and enabled us to continue with the cash prizes and the exhibition, as and when it happens:

  • Rob Cowell Photography
  • Carol Bailey Photography
  • Gradu8 Group
  • Alyce Burton
  • Rotary Club of Tettenhall
  • Framer’s Gallery
  • City of Wolverhampton Council
  • Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

Wolverhampton has an historical connection with photography dating back to the 1800’s.  Wolverhampton Photographic Society was founded in 1888 and the renowned creative photographer Oscar Reijlander who had a studio in Darlington Street.  The society seeks to develop the skills and quality of photography of its members and to inspire new and younger members to join.

Rob Cowell, who takes over from Carol Bailey as Chair in May this year, said “Once again, we have seen an excellent standard of photographs and the perspective of young people is inspiring. Photography is in safe hands with the young people of Wolverhampton”.

If you are interested in coming along to the photography club who meet on Tuesday evenings, contact them by email: wps@wolverhamptonps.co.uk

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