Level of professionalism and sophistication of images submitted by students impresses judges.

THE INAUGURAL exhibition and awards programme – a collaboration between Olympus, St. Saviour’s & St. Olave’s Secondary School and the Art Bermondsey Project Space – marked a successful new departure for the Olympus community outreach initiative. Working with local teacher, Russell Moore, and a class of eleven photography students, the Project Space set a brief entitled: My House, My School, My Street to encourage the participants to engage with a new perspective on their surroundings and to divert their attention from the all pervasive influence of the “selfie”.

Armed with Olympus PEN Lite E-PL7 cameras, and following a talk on the history of Street Photography by industry professional, Ed Sykes, the sheer quality and sophistication of the results submitted to jury panel was applauded by each industry professional. Including celebrity lensman, Dafydd Jones, and Olympus’ Claire Voyle, the judges commended every entrant – all of whom selected two images for a special exhibition at the Project Space. The three winners all received Olympus camera equipment and certificate, plus the school itself was gifted a high end Olympus OM-D E-M10 kit to enable the department to continue to encourage the fusion of art, photography and culture through internal projects.

The day following the Private View and award ceremony, the three winners were invited onto the Evening Standard’s television channel London Live to describe the creative process they enjoyed – from initial concept to gallery wall – and the experience of using equipment from the current Olympus digital range.

The winning submissions were: Fiona Tran Silence of the Rush (1st) India Reeves-Warron Peckham Library (2nd) Lauren Cumberbatch School (3rd)