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Sociology Photo Competition 2018 - Winner


Back in February the Department of Sociology announced that entries were open for our annual Photo Competition, aimed at A Level and GCSE students. The theme of this year’s competition was ‘Global Sociology’ and entrants were invited to send in their photograph and an explanatory paragraph.

We had almost 80 entries this year and received a number of very high quality images, with most entries also having a very thoughtfully reasoned caption and paragraph.

We are pleased to announce that the 2018 winner of this year’s Photo Competition is George Smith from The King’s School, Peterborough.

'Kingdom of King's'

 "This piece of work is based on the diversity of my school community. I decided to present the diversity of my year group in this way because it got people involved in the making of it, allowing them to show off their culture and feel proud of who they are, as opposed to them just being told to sit down on a stool and smile! One of the models commented during the shoot, “man, I feel so cultural right now, I’m going to go home and speak to my Dad in Urdu” - exactly what I wanted to hear.

The project was a logistical nightmare. It started with 34 people signing up, which I was blown away by. Since we could only shoot in break times and lunchtimes, and with the face paint being very time consuming, it was next to impossible to match availability, but I ended up with a great group of people who were more than happy to take part. This resulted in lots of happy faces, as you can see!"


The judges were impressed with George’s entry:

“We found the text and the pic delightful and thought provoking in a number of ways. We enjoyed how the project plays with the orthodox pause of the school photo and juxtaposes itself to it by showing fun and cultural diversity. Regarding the latter, the use of humour illustrated agency and fluidity. We also appreciated the narration of the messiness associated with running a project, which led to a polished result. We thought that it was a good depiction of what research is, more broadly. Congratulations George!"


Congratulations to George who will be receiving a prize of £250 for himself and £250 for his school! We will also be inviting George to visit us here at Cambridge.

The judges were also keen to give a special commendation to Bonnie Barfield from The Abbey School and Rebeca Moody from Barton Peveril College.

We will be running the competition again next year, so watch this space for news of the 2019 competition question and deadline!

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