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8 December 2020

Photography Competition 2020

Each year, the Company holds an annual photography competition. Open to all students and staff from the Company's family of schools, the competition is divided into Junior, Senior and Staff categories. This year, the theme was Hope and we are delighted to share with you the winners and highly commended in each category.


Black and white image of a woman pressing her crossed fingers against her forehead
Fingers Crossed by Jamila Makoka won the Junior Category

I am very pleased and very shocked because I didn't think I could win! I wanted to have a go because I love Art and Photography. I thought of what ‘hope’ means to me and came up with the idea of 'fingers crossed'. My mum was happy to be my model! Winning this has inspired me to take lots more photographs too.

A dark sea borders the bottom image with a bright sun shines through gathering clouds
Runner-up, taken by Lakshmi Chandrashekar
Runner-up, taken by Francesca Clarke


Overcoming Challenges by Edoardo Candido won the Senior Category

This photograph was taken at Kinver's Edge in Staffordshire. Even after its surroundings have given up, this little plant still has hope. I am truly overjoyed to hear that I have been selected as the winner in this year's Merchant Taylors' competition, and I am so glad that I decided to take part in this. I truly think that words can’t describe my gratitude

two trees, one with red-orange leaves, and the other with dark green leaves cross over one another
Renewal by Francesca White
A country lane with two trees set against a blue-gold sky
by Lewis Street


A bright sunflower close-up with a bee feeding in the middle
Turn your face to the sun by Kathrine Pike won the staff category

I am thoroughly delighted to win this competition! A friend of mine grows the most beautiful, large sunflowers which attract bees. This is a chance photo that I took during lockdown. I remember how happy taking this photo made me – it gave me so much hope! 

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