Students from Notre Dame Catholic College take part in St. Modwen’s 30th anniversary photography competitionStudents from Notre Dame Catholic College take part in St. Modwen’s 30th anniversary photography competition

Students from Notre Dame Catholic College have captured the regeneration of Great Homer Street through the lens – as part of a photography competition to celebrate St. Modwen’s 30th anniversary.

St. Modwen invited the Year 9 students to the Great Homer Street development site for a workshop led by Telegraph and the Financial Times photographer Stephen Burke. The competition asks students to capture the theme of place making through the medium of photography - exploring what community, architecture or urban design means to them.

Paul Batho, project director at St. Modwen, said: “The aim of this competition is to inspire, excite and support the next generation on the regeneration of the area and at the same time enhance the studets’ photographic skills with access to industry experts.

“Great Homer Street is a major project for St. Modwen and we’re keen to involve the local community as much as possible throughout the build process and beyond. It’s been refreshing to bring some of the students onto the site and introduce them to different elements of the scheme.

“I look forward to seeing the photographs the students captured for their interpretation of the work that is evolving on their doorstep.”

Christine Kenny, Head of Art and Design at Notre Dame Catholic College, said: “The competition has provided a fantastic opportunity for students to put their photography skills to the test and understand how St. Modwen is regenerating the Great Homer Street area.

“It’s great for students to get involved at this level and experience the different elements and impacts of such a huge scheme. We’re hoping to work closely with St. Modwen as the development continues and bring elements of the process into our classrooms.”

The competition, open to 30 secondary schools across England and Wales, asks GCSE art students to capture the theme of place making through the medium of photography.

Each of the 30 participating schools will put forward their best entry, from which a shortlist of seven will be selected by a panel of judges. The national final will take place in September where the winner will be announced and awarded with a state of the art camera and £3,000 towards the school’s art department.