A unique exhibition of prize winning photographs of school life by school children will go on show outside the Canon Photography Gallery at the V&A from Wednesday 30 May to Thursday 14 June 2001.
The SCRAN National Schools Photography Competition in association with the Times Educational Supplement, asked pupils aged from eight to fifteen to take pictures that record their impression of their school and its locality.
The results are impressive and refreshingly imaginative. Lunch Break by winner Grace Chilton is a beautiful still life shot of her school desk while the image Memories of Express Café by winner Louise Gould of a local café takes a poignant look at favourite after school ‘hang outs’. The winning photographs can be viewed on SCRAN, the Millennium Commission funded history resource base on the web at www.scran.ac.uk/photocomp/
An award ceremony will open the show at the V&A (May 30th) when winners will receive a range of prizes including digital cameras and printers courtesy of Canon UK Ltd, leaders in imaging and technology, with PCs and hardware from Viglen.
Judges include Mark Haworth-Booth, Curator of Photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum; Chris Holmes, Director of Design, TSL Education; Loyd Grossman, Chairman of The Campaign for Museums; and Mary-Ann Kennedy, Lecturer in Photography, Napier University. The winners were selected from over 700 entries.
Loyd Grossman All the judges were impressed by the wit, inventiveness and originality of so many of the young photographers. Looking at the world with a fresh pair of eyes was inspiring and revealing.
Chris Holmes The overall standard of the TES/SCRAN competition was excellent. It was marvellous to see the enthusiasm that the children put into their entries. I hope the competition will serve to encourage them to take an even greater interest in photography and the other visual arts.
SCRAN is a fully searchable Internet resource of human history and culture for education and life long learning at www.scran.ac.uk. It now contains over half a million pages with photos, objects, art, movies and audio. It is free to search and view thumbnails.
Funded by the Millennium Commission, SCRAN was launched in 1996 with an ambitious remit to digitise and preserve human history and material culture. It is now a massive online resource, providing schools, colleges, universities and individual web users at home and around the world with the treasures of museums, galleries and archive collections.