NESCol students make a splash in Aberdeen Harbour Board competition

When the NESCol photography department was approached with an exciting project from Aberdeen Harbour Board, students went completely over-board as they let their creativity sail to win the competition.

Pictured are John Finan with Jennie Milne, Heather Currie, Chris Bain, Director of Aberdeen Harbour Board (far right) and Claire Cormack, owner of Raven Red (far left).

The brief was simple – 12 excellent photos capturing the Harbour were required for use in the Harbour Board 2017 calendar which is set to be distributed amongst its stakeholders – many of them international.  The competition was open to all students studying photography with £200 of prize money going to the student taking each photo chosen to appear.

Chris Bain, Director at Aberdeen Harbour, Claire Cormack, owner of Raven Red who was have produced the calendar, and lecturer Steve Smith had the unenviable task of selecting their top 12 photos from all of the entries.

Ms Bain said, “This was the first time that we decided not to commission any professional photographs for our calendar, instead opting for a competition for photography students.  Selecting just 12 images for the final product was an incredibly tough process.  We are absolutely thrilled with the outcome of the project.”

Steve Smith said, “Photography students at North East Scotland College experience the wide range of creative and technical elements that combine to make photography the exciting, influential and expressive subject that it is.  To prepare each student for life in the field of photography, the lecturing team use a range of opportunities to showcase student work within College and to the wider public – the Aberdeen Harbour Calendar project being an excellent example.” 

On Thursday 1 December, the students were invited to a special presentation to reward the winning students.

The winning students are: 

HND Year 1 student Anna Horne (January and June),  HND Year 2 students Julia Davidson (February), Jennie Milne (April & September) and Heather Currie (July), and from NC Photography John Finan (March, May, August, October, November and December). 

John Finan, who recently gave up a full-time job to study photography was delighted to have had six of his images selected for the calendar.  He said, “I would like to thank the Harbour Board for giving us this great opportunity to see our work reproduced in a professional product.  I really appreciate the effort the staff at the College have made in working with the Harbour Board to make the competition happen.”

The competition was such a success that plans to expand the brief are already being discussed.