We are delighted to announce the winners and shortlisted entries for our 2020 photo competition: Heritage through the Looking Glass
For this year's competition, UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage invited entries that capture the concept of ‘Heritage through the Looking Glass’. In setting this theme we hoped to encourage entrants to showcase views of their communities or local area that may now hold a different value through the lens of the current situation.
Of the many outstanding photographs submitted byUCL staff and students, seven were shotlisted by our judges UCL ISH Director Professor May Cassar, Visual anthropologist and artist Marcel-Reyes Cortes, 2018 winner Maija Powell and 2017 winner Ahmed Kawser, and can be viewed below.
Thomas Stone, Senior Teaching Fellow, School of Management
"My two sons Joshua and Noah in their bubble of Tring Park. A local woodland and open space which formerly belonged to Tring Park Mansion, built in 1682 by Christopher Wren. It has been our place of refuge during the Coronavirus pandemic. Photo taken using Google Pixel 3a single 28mm 12.2MP wide-angle camera."
Runner up: Reflecting
Mailis Merisalu, WEISS Administrator, Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering
"In the midst of the global pandemic, black people are having to fend for their lives against another pandemic, which has lasted for centuries."
Runner up: Plz Call Boris
Giovanna Ceroni, Programme Coordinator, Institute of Health Informatics, Clinical and Research Informatics Unit (CRIU)
"This notice was appended on the closed shutters of a convenience store in Central Hackney, on 25 March 2020. The improvised, makeshift nature of the 'trimmings' was in sharp contrast to the sophisticated and witty nature of the message, typical of Cockney traders in the East End of London. It made me chuckle on a day when we all felt quite vulnerable and disoriented"
Shortlisted: Pride in Wood Green
Nick Bone, Senior Teaching Administrator, UCL Division of Medicine
"During lockdown, I was pleased to be able to capture this image of a recently painted crossing beaming with pride on a sunny day in April. Although maybe a little ‘rough around the edge’ to some, Wood Green is diverse, vibrant and somewhere I am proud to call my home."
Shortlisted: Lockdown Freedom
Tameem Ahmad, Computer Support Officer, Psychology and Language Sciences
"When the whole country was put under lockdown, a cycle ride became a means of freedom. Out went the cars, the streets lay empty, the bicycles soon took over. I discovered whole new streets and historical monuments on my rides. It was an unexpected moment of bliss."
Shortlisted: Melting Time an ode to Salvador Dali
Matthew Hancock, PhD student, Mechanical Engerineering
"As I look through my heritage plate camera, I see the time melting away unable to take the cameras on location. These cameras I research and conserve to be functional. My thoughts are of times I am free to create images in the field."
Shortlisted: A Passage of Time, Wadi Rum. March, 2020
Stella Fox, PhD Candidate,The Bartlett Space Syntax Lab
"At first sight one could image this photo was taken a century ago - the unchanged martian landscape of Wadi Rum, with two Bedouin returning to their camp with their camels. This much is true, until you see the clear tracks which decorate the sand from jeeps and quad bikes careering around one of Jordan’s most infamous national parks. This photo captures a dichotomy of the daily rituals of the Bedouin community, who have had to adapt to and rely on tourism, with the consequences of the national lockdown subsequently crippling the community."