UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage


Meet the 2018 UCL ISH Photo Competition judges

5 September 2018

The UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage is delighted to announce this year's judges for the UCL ISH Photo Competition.


Photo competitions need judges and the higher their calibre the better is the competition. 

Over the next few weeks these four judges will deliberate and decide on the top images from the wide pool that have been submitted to the UCL ISH Photo Competition 2018.

The competition places equal emphasis on the tangible and intangible heritage aspects of a photograph as well as its aesthetic beauty, and the judges were chosen based on these dual criteria.

Catherine Ince

Catherine Ince
Catherine Ince is Chief Curator of V&A East, a new museum and collection research centre planned as part of a new cultural and education district for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London and due to open in 2023. Before joining the Victoria and Albert Museum, Catherine was a Curator at the Barbican Art Gallery where she organised major survey exhibitions and oversaw presentations of the international touring exhibitions ‘The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier’ (2014) and ‘Pop Art Design’ (2013).


May Cassar

May Cassar
May Cassar is Director for the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage. May has worked on projects with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, ICCROM, European Parliament, European Commission and National Governments to develop strategic approaches to the preservation of cultural heritage. May created this year’s theme, and will therefore be looking for exceptional entries which capture striking changes in heritage, either through the passage of time, or by actions performed on heritage.


Ahmed Kawser

Ahmed Kawser
Ahmed Kawser is last year’s winner of the UCL ISH Photo Competition. Ahmed’s winning entry ‘Longplayer’ was taken inside a lighthouse, which housed Tibetan ‘singing bowls’. The singing bowls play an evolving musical composition, run by algorithms, and were designed to play without repetition for 1000 years. Ahmed is looking forward to judging this year’s entries and seeing the participants’ different takes on ‘transformational heritage’.


Alex Blackburn

Alex Blackburn is Communications Manager for UCL’s Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources. In judging this year’s competition, Alex will be particularly looking for allegory and metaphor within photos, and will rank highest those that use subtle symbolism to represent ‘transformational heritage’ while remaining visually impressive and beautiful.