HEREFORD COLLEGE OF ARTS YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED1Entries came in from across the UK and as far as Argentina, Lithuania, Germany and California, and the winners of Hereford College of Arts’ annual Young Photographer of the Year Competition have been announced.

Hereford College of Arts Fellow and legendary photographer John Bulmer, successful commercial photographer Nick Meers, and BA (Hons) Photography graduate and former Creative in Residence, Sophie Foulkes, judged the entries from across three age categories; 9-11, 12-15 and 16-19 – all following the theme of the Competition, which was Portraits.

James Lynch’s winning image from the 12-15 category

James Lynch’s winning image from the 12-15 category

The winners will all be presented with their prizes at the private view of the Young Photographer of the Year exhibition on Wednesday 4th November, from 5-7pm at HCA’s Folly Lane Campus. The exhibition is open from Wednesday 4th November until Friday 4th December at Folly Lane, 9:30am – 4:30pm on weekdays, and members of the public are encouraged to visit and discover the talent of the next generation of photographers.

“The standard of entries that we received to the Competition this year was incredibly high, and judging was a huge challenge,” said Sophie, who – as well as being a practicing photographer – works at the College as a student recruitment officer. “We are thoroughly looking forward to meeting the winners and other entrants, who should all be very proud of their work!”

The winners are as follows:

Aged 9-11:

1st Prize: Victor Ghose (9), from Eaton Square School
2nd Prize: Iris Girvan (10), from Moreton Hall School
3rd Prize: Stuart Watkinson (10), from Moreton Hall School
Highly Commended: Hester Wilder (11), from John Masefield High School
Sophie’s Favourite: Ned Vincent Pullen (10), from Burghill Community Academy

Aged 12-15:

1st Prize: James Lynch (12), from Bedstone College
2nd Prize: Helen Assherton (14), from Moreton Hall
3rd Prize: Annabel Parsons (13), from Moreton Hall School
Highly Commended: Emma Vivian (12), from Moreton Hall School
Sophie’s Favourite: Queenie Zhang from Moreton Hall School

Aged 16-19:

1st Prize: Hannah Nolan (16), from Malvern St James School
2nd Prize: Chloe Hyde (17), from The Hereford Academy
3rd Prize: Jonathan Miseroy (19), from University of Westminster
Highly Commended: Katrina Moses (17), from The Hereford Academy
Sophie’s Favourite: Mark O’Neill (16), from Hereford College of Arts

For more information about the exhibition, as well as courses and events, visit

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