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University of Pretoria Archives and Vega: Award-winning photos taken of campus
11 September 2015

Professional photographer and lecturer from Vega, Celeste Mckenzie, presented four hands-on workshops during the year and judged the final competition. On Wednesday 09 September, a select group of students were invited to an award ceremony where the top photographs were displayed and prizes handed out.  Celeste commended the students on their creativity and the way in which they had managed to capture all aspects of university life - from the formal lines of the new buildings on campus to the playful and fun aspects of student life.

The first prize, including a photographic course sponsored by Vega, was awarded to Heinrich Laue for the best overall photos taken, one depicting the Engineering building and the other a campus sculpture. The 2nd prize went to Jeanne Emslie, with her innovative photo of campus architecture. The 3rd prize went to Dane Smal with her eye capturing depiction of Engineering 2.

This photographic workshop and competition was introduced fourteen years ago by the UPA. The University of Pretoria and its students continue to benefit on a number of levels from this photographic venture.  Besides the incredible learning and creative opportunities the workshops offer the students in terms of photographic skills, these photographs augment the UP Archives photographic collection. The photos are preserved by the UPA staff and add a refreshing and creative reflection of campus life from the students’ perspective for posterity. In addition, these photographs are of such a high standard that they are continuously used to showcase and market the University in various publications, brochures, research reports, newsletters, on the web and in exhibitions.

The winning photographs are currently on exhibition in the Library foyer. The UPA looks forward to another year of exceptional photography in 2016. Interested staff and students can already enrol for the workshops at the UPA – [email protected]

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