Moor Market to host Sheffield Student Photography Competition

Alumno, the award-winning specialists in the design and development of good quality and modern accommodation for students, in conjunction with Homes for Students, supported by Photo North has announced that winners of their unique photography competition for students across the city will be displayed at the Moor Market.

Alumno, currently developing newly designed accommodation for 356 students in the iconic, post war housing estate Park Hill is asking entrants to reveal what community means today, and what brings and binds communities together, be that a place, tradition, religion, employment, sexuality, politics, sport or other interest – or conversely what divides communities within the Steel City for a chance to win prizes, to include a £250 Polaroid e-gift card.

Working with the UK’s premier photography festival, with a reputation for creating outstanding events and competitions, Photo North will coordinate the competition, also offering winners the opportunity to be exhibited alongside leading and eminent photographer Peter Dench and Homer Sykes, professional magazine and documentary photographers.

David Campbell, MD of Alumno, commented: “We are delighted to be bringing the Photo North competition to Sheffield. We see this is a great opportunity for students to connect to the city and express how they see it. We are excited to see the final pieces, and hope that the competition will encourage, and empower, many to get involved and offer us their view to their city.”

The pop-up Sheffield competition is open to any student in city, whether studying photography, an arts related subjects – or simply an avid photographer wishing to enhance their skills.


Participants can use portraits, still life, round images or documentary to reflect their interpretation of the brief, with the winner receiving an hour mentoring / portfolio session with award-winning photographer Peter Dench of the Photo North Festival.

The eminent judging panel for the competition includes Peter Dench, Fraser Wright of Harrogate College, Phil Welding of Leeds Arts, Rachael Burns of Redeye, Amy Davies of Amateur Photographer and Sharon Price of Photo North Festival.

Sharon Price, comments: “Sheffield is a unique city, and we hope that this competition will both provoke and enthuse interest to generate some telling and inspirational entries.

“Ordinary, everyday moments can be significant and offer a unique and fascinating universal document of community today and we are hugely excited about what we will see from this competition. Offering students the opportunity to display their work in a professional way alongside well-known artists is both a humbling and exciting prospect, and our many thanks to our key sponsors and distinguished panel for their support and commitment.”

The competition is open now, with deadline for entries 16th March 2020.

Winner and runners up from the competition will be unveiled on Wednesday 1st April at the Photo North Pop Up at The Park Hill Shop, Pinstone Street, Sheffield.

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