13th December 2018

NESCol Students Make a Splash in Aberdeen Harbour Competition

North East Scotland College (NESCol)’s photography students recently attended a special presentation at the College’s Aberdeen City Campus to reveal the 15 winning entries in a photography competition run by Aberdeen Harbour Board.

When the NESCol photography department was approached three years ago by Aberdeen Harbour Board with an exciting project, the team were delighted to help.  This led to an exciting challenge being issued to all photography students at the College to come up with images that could feature in the Harbour Board’s next calendar. 

Three years later, the brief has been extended to two categories and competition is fierce to provide images that are beautiful, inspiring, creative and thought-provoking.  The competition is open to all students studying photography at the College with £200 of prize money offered for each photo chosen to appear in the 2019 calendar and/or the cover of the Aberdeen Harbour Board Annual Review. 

This year’s challenge was set as follows:

  • Category one – capture a creative interpretation of the existing harbour to feature as the front cover of the Aberdeen Harbour Board Review
  • Category two – demonstrate what a great place the City and Shire is for people to visit by highlighting some of its greatest attractions.

Derek McInnes, Manager at Aberdeen Football Club, and renowned photographer Colin Prior were invited to help with the difficult task of selecting this year’s winners from around 450 entries.  They joined Chris Bain, External Relations Director at Aberdeen Harbour, Claire Cormack, owner of Raven Red, and College Lecturer Steve Smith in the unenviable task.    

Mrs Bain said, “We are delighted that the competition has proved to be so popular; it really seems to have captured the imagination of the students. The quality of the work has remained incredibly high across the three years – and this year has proved to be no exception. A special thanks goes to our guests judges this year, who found time in their incredibly busy schedules to help us select our winners. Their contribution is greatly appreciated”.

Steve Smith said, “I am delighted that we have winners representing each level of photography study at NESCol this year - from NC, HND 1st year, HND 2nd Year and also students who graduated in the autumn. In total, we have fifteen winners, with thirteen represented in the calendar and two selected to have their images featured in the Harbour Board’s Annual Review.  We are hugely grateful to the Harbour Board for their investment in this project and for giving our students such a fantastic platform to showcase their work.”