South Warwickshire students snap up festive prizes - The Leamington Observer

South Warwickshire students snap up festive prizes

FESTIVE photos helped Leamington students snap up early Christmas presents.

Visual communications students from Leamington College visited St Mary’s Church in Warwick to capture photographs of its popular Christmas tree festival.

This year the festival attracted over 6,800 visitors across ten days to see more than 60 Christmas trees.

And for a third successive year students from the college were invited for a private viewing of the festival and tasked by the organisers to capture eye-catching and experimental photography of the trees.

Trees for the festival had been donated by Hintons Nursery, in Warwick, with businesses, community groups and organisations from across the town getting involved to decorate them.

This time the second-year students were asked to also design graphics after the event which could be used for future promotion of the festival.

The outputs from the photography session were judged by tutors Irene Tsiampakou and Jane Murray, with a prize offered for the best photography and graphic design.

Victoria Cerchez was the winner and received a £100 Amazon voucher, with Luke Cave and Leila Edwards runners up and receiving a £25 voucher each.

The photographs and graphics will be used by St Mary’s Church to help promote next year’s event.

Judge Irene Tsiampakou said: “This has become a festive tradition for second-year students on our course and it is a fantastic test of the skills they have developed during the year.

“The church is one of the most challenging environments for photography, primarily due to the lighting conditions constantly changing, with one ray of sunlight drastically impacting a photograph.

“We were incredibly impressed with all the students’ work this year, but Victoria’s work stood out. She responded perfectly to the brief and added an illustration twist too.”

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