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Celebrating more than a decade of our student photography competition.

The Edinburgh Global Photography Competition has been a popular annual fixture in the University’s calendar since its inception in 2010. As the launch of the 2021 competition approaches this autumn, we look back on more than a decade of creative images captured by our international student community.

Edinburgh Global Photography Competition entry by 2010 Sydney Michell Tichenor,
“My friends and I climbing Arthur’s Seat. We had just arrived in Edinburgh and went up Salisbury Crags to enjoy the view of our new home.” Sydney Michelle Tichenor, 2010
Edinburgh Global Photography Competition 2015 entry of the Harmonium Project projection on the Usher Hall by Andrei Dumitriu
“The Harmonium Project, which opened this year’s [2015] Edinburgh International Festival, was a truly magical experience. This photo captures the climax of the show, a moment that can be best described as ‘unexpected’.” Andrei Dumitriu, Experiences category, 2015
Edinburgh Global Photography Competition 2016 entry of an aurora over Edinburgh by Paulo Valdivia
“It is rare to see an aurora in Edinburgh, and requires special conditions to capture them: high-intensity solar magnetic activity to reach this far, a clear sky, a good camera and patience to wait for them to appear.” Paulo Valdivia, First prize, 2016
Edinburgh Global Photography Competition 2020 entries of a sunrise on Arthur's Seat and a couple in the Meadows
Left: “A sunrise at the Arthur’s seat. What a great view to enjoy before the day begins. The silhouette of people and a bike gives me the Edinburgh city vibes.” Danghatai Wongthanaroj, Principal’s choice, 2020. Right: “And sometimes, just sometimes, when people say ‘forever’ they mean it. This is one of my favourite clicks, which I captured at the Meadows that misty afternoon while I was on my way back from the University.” Sachinda Dulanjana, People’s choice, 2020
Student photo competition entry 2013 of a Scottish loch by Sergiu Jiduc
“On the hunt of the three seal-maidens who inhabit the loch, we were greeted instead by autumn’s colourful coat. The peaceful atmosphere and intrinsic beauty of the Scottish wilderness can be better appreciated in the harvest season when the low-angle light and vibrant colours create a spectacle for the eyes to see.” Sergiu Jiduc, Local category, 2013
Edinburgh Global Photography Competition 2017 entry by Ashley Lee of a Highland Cow on the Pentland Hills
“After walking through lots of mud and tall grass, I unexpectedly came across this highland cow grazing in the Pentland Hills.” Ashley Lee, Second prize, 2017
Edinburgh Global Photography Competition 2016 entry of a view over Edinburgh looking towards the castle by Tezcan Cogalan
“The different colours of the trees and the different types of buildings represent the diversity of Edinburgh.” Tezcan Cogalan, View category, 2016
Edinburgh Global Photo Competition entries of an Edinburgh festival performer and a sunset at Scott Monument
Left: “Festival wonder” Li Yang, People and community category, 2018. Right: “Sunset on the Scott Monument.” Veatriki Theodoratou, Urban category, 2013
Edinburgh Global Photography Competition 2014 entry by Wikiwat Thitasiri of Carlton Hill at night
“This photo is taken with the Edinburgh Photo Society on Calton Hill, in Edinburgh, under the trip called Night Photography. We used steel wool on fire for the light painting in front of the monument.” Wikiwat Thitasiri, Second prize, 2014
Edinburgh Global Photo Competition 2019 entry by Azfar Abd Halim
“Sometimes we just need to stop for a moment and enjoy everything around us.” Azfar Abd Halim, First prize, 2019
Edinburgh Global Photography Competition 2015 entry Watson Shang of Old College
“I love Old College, this iconic building.” Watson Shang, Principal’s Choice, 2015

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An exhibition of Edinburgh Global Photography Competition winners is planned for October at the University, with more details to follow over the coming weeks.

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