The five winners of the Royal Photographic Society’s International Images for Science competition have been announced and we are delighted that former Head Girl Jessica Chatburn is the Gold (17 and under) winner.
Jessica entered the Royal Photographic Society’s – Society’s International Images for Science competition after Oakhill’s Head of Science, Miss Stagg, emailed her the information as part of the school’s excellent, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) programme. There were over 2,500 entries to the competition with entrants ranging from students and amateur photographers, to professional and medical photographers, from all over the world.
Two of Jessica’s photographs were chosen for the top 100 in the competition which will tour as an exhibition and were taken with a Nikon D3200 on a family road trip to California in summer 2014. The shot that won Jessica the first place in the competition was called Swarms of Chrysaora Fuscescens taken at Monterey Aquarium and was part of a large number of shots she took on the trip.
The evening of Tuesday 13th September saw Jessica invited to the Royal Academy of Engineering, London, to a presentation evening for the winners host by the Royal Photographic Society and Siemens. There were only two British winners, one who won the bronze medal for the over 26’s and Jessica who won the only prize and Gold medal in her category under 17’s.
It was a lovely evening culminating in Jessica receiving her medal and prizes. Jessica said she hadn’t really appreciated the significance of the competition and her success. Particularly when she was informed that the top 100 exhibition pieces which will tour the country, of which two of Jessica’s photographs were included, were selected blind of age category or name and judged purely on merit.
The exhibition marks the beginning of the 2016 tour which will be in Manchester from 22nd October – 1st November 2016, where you will have the chance to see Jessica’s photographs.
Jessica would like to eventually study either Architecture or Engineering but has a particular love of Music, Art and Photography. We wish Jessica all the best for the future.