NULC student wins national photography award


Impressionist and comedian Jon Culshaw presenting Edward Thomas with his award

A student from Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) has been named as the Association of Colleges (AoC) Student Photographer of the Year in a national photography competition that recognises the outstanding creative talents of students across the country.

Student Edward Thomas, aged 16 from Stone, entered his photograph with a theme of ‘how colleges change lives’ and his winning photograph was chosen by judge Michael Pritchard, Director General of the Royal Photographic Society.

Edward, who is studying the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Photography at NULC, said: “I had a few photographs to choose from to enter, but this one best fitted the theme. It shows that when you’re focused on your own journey, everyone else is irrelevant.”


Edward’s award winning entry

Karen Dobson, Principal and Chief Executive of Newcastle-under-Lyme College, said: “Edward is a talented student who has demonstrated true creativity with his award winning entry.  I am delighted that his work has been recognised at a national level, it is a fantastic achievement and a great accolade for Edward to add to his portfolio.”

David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, said: “This year’s entries were of a very high standard with a great sense of creativity and imagination. Edward’s image is well composed and captures how colleges can change lives for individuals. It is a worthy contender for this national award.”

Edward received his prize of an SLR Nikon camera at the AoC Annual Conference and Exhibition in Birmingham.

Second prize of £200 was given to Eva Edwards from Newcastle College with Chloe Cox, from Weston College, winning third prize of £100.

The Student Photographer of the Year Award is sponsored by National Open College Network (OCN).

For more information contact Joe Hambleton, Marketing & PR Officer in 01782 254265 or email

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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