Ben’s photo takes top prize at exhibition


A first year student was the winner of the Best Photograph award at an exhibition at Royal Leamington Spa College.

The award was presented at the “Eye of the Beholder” photographic exhibition launch, which showcased the work of Visual Communication and Photography students at the college.

Ben Arnold, 16 from Kenilworth, is a first year Visual Communication student and picked up the prize of CEWE vouchers for his photograph of a room in an abandoned building in Spain. He said, “I’ve always been interested in photography which is why I chose this course. We were on a walk on holiday in Spain when we came across the house, and I was inspired by the light in the room so took the photo. It was a really nice surprise to win.”

Runners up in the competition were James Archer, Stephanie Forrester and Rachel Wolstenholme.


(L-R) Angela Joyce, Group Principal and CEO of WCG, winner Ben Arnold, Duncan Midwood, Managing Director of CEWE UK and Richard Brennan, Director of Visual and Performing Arts at WCG.

The exhibition was sponsored by CEWE, the largest digital imaging company in Europe, who have a local plant in Warwick. Managing Director of CEWE UK, Duncan Midwood, presented Ben with his prize. He said, “CEWE is absolutely delighted to be sponsoring this exhibition. It’s fantastic to see so much talent in the room – we love these events and are proud to support them. The theme was ‘Eye of the beholder’ and the students have really embraced that – the photographs show what can be achieved by looking past the obvious.”

Irene Tsiampakou, Visual Communication course leader said, “Congratulations to Ben for winning the best photo competition. We chose his photo as the winner as it is of a dilapidated, decayed place, but the light and contrast make it beautiful – he has a great photographic eye.

“I hope as many local people as possible can visit the exhibition to see how talented our students are.”

Jane Murray, Photography course leader said, “Well done to all the students involved – putting on an exhibition is a real professional challenge and they have produced some stunning work. A big thank you must go to Duncan and CEWE for sponsoring the event – it’s great to have the support of such a successful local company. ”

The exhibition continues for the next few months, and can be seen by visitors to Royal Leamington Spa College’s Bistro during opening hours.

Royal Leamington Spa College offers a range of arts courses, including Visual Communication. For more information call 0300 456 0049 or go to

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