The Schools' Photo Competition
Key Stage 2 Winning entries

1st Place - Caterpillars to butterflies

by Emma Baker - Waterside Academy

Judges' Comments

Your images show the transformation of caterpillars into butterflies. That transformation probably takes three to five weeks. You have therefore made a significant commitment to making a complete set of images chronicling the different stages. In doing that you are to be congratulated.

 School closures were one of the prominent features of lockdown. School-based resources were replaced by the more limited resources available at home. Under those circumstances, the activity illustrated here represented a useful and practical supplement to home-based learning. “Caterpillar to butterfly kits” are available to buy online. It looks like you have successfully used one of those kits here.

Some rather small caterpillars are the starting point. They become very hungry caterpillars and are soon much larger. In the next stage, the caterpillars turn into not very attractive chrysalises. The chrysalis in turn transforms into a beautiful butterfly. It is very good to note that at the end the butterflies are released into the garden and this happy event is shown in several images. Photographing small objects in close-up (Macro photography) is quite a photographic challenge. The best results are achieved using special lenses and set-ups not generally accessible to someone starting out in photography. You have therefore achieved a very credible result with the equipment probably available to you.

2nd Place - Forbidden playground fun

by Archie Parkin - Swallow Dell school

Judges' Comments

This image very successfully illustrates the lockdown restriction on accessing playground equipment. It conveys the resulting frustration and disappointment of those who would have normally enjoyed its use.

We see a boy and a girl with hands held up to a glass barrier which separates them from the equipment beyond. The white vignette and the tear treatment that have been applied enhance the sense of separation and isolation from the desired amusements. The image idea and its creation in photo editing software are far from straightforward. You have done very well to achieve the result shown.

3rd Place - Rainbow of hope

by Charlotte Campbell - Applecroft school

Judges' Comments

The rainbow image has been a popular display item. Those putting up the images in their windows were seen as expressing solidarity and support for front-line workers. Those front-line people included those in healthcare and hospitals treating the seriously ill as well as others keeping vital community services and infrastructure working. A lot of rainbow images and artwork were created by children.

This image is related to that rainbow display concept and can be seen as being a tribute to all those who made displays. Here we have a photo of a young girl who has been using coloured chalks to create a rainbow picture on the asphalt of a pavement. The photo has been obtained very successfully by using a viewpoint above the girl. She is squatted down on the pavement and drawing with chalk.

Highly Commended - Lockdown feelings

by Ruby Mahamba - Commonswood school

Judges' Comments

A range of feelings and emotions are conveyed in the different lockdown photos entered into this competition. There is uncertainty, elation, anxiety, sadness, and frustration among others. In this image those emotions have been portrayed using Emojis. The Emojis are collected together on a disc that has been held in front of the subject’s face in the photo. The subject, whose face is not visible, seems to be showing a whole mix of emotions. The result is an original image illustrating the different feelings associated with lockdown.

Highly Commended - Happy Birthday Welwyn Garden City

by Luke Wright - Swallow Dell school

Judges' Comments

This image, whilst it has clearly been set up, is very effective. The viewpoint and placing of objects in this type of photo is within the photographer’s control. The slice of cake is clearly a celebration cake with the number 100 added to mark the centenary. The important feature is that, in the photo, the cake has been made sufficiently large relative to other elements such that it dominates the front half of the image. It has also been positioned so that it is clearly separated from the fountain. If the photo had been taken from a slightly different angle, then the cake would have overlapped the edge of the fountain. The fountain and view down Howardsgate form the second half of the image representing well recognised features of Welwyn Garden City. Use of a wide-angle lens has ensured that the cake is in focus as well as there being sufficient image sharpness in the background. The photo was taken on a dull day, but the front part of the image is sufficiently bright that the absence of sun is less important.

Royal Photographic Society Choice: Home School
by Amelia Gillard - Oaklands School​

Judges' Comments

School children from WGC and indeed the rest of the world, would have known this scene all too well during lockdown – and probably felt this was the last thing they actually wanted to do Being at home sitting at a table became the daily ritual, maybe with the laptop open indicating the required school work for that day and formulating answers into a workbook to prove you understood it all. The lad here is clearly totally engrossed in that task and the author has captured that moment in time which, for a while became the norm for many children kept away from school. It is important for photography to record the “norm” as well the exceptional, because the norm changes over time and we forget.
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