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Resources:Framed Photography Competition 

Returning for a second year, the "Resources: Framed" Photography Competition 2014 is an annual competition open to all UCL staff and students with entries this year shortlisted by a panel led by Mark Edwards, one of the most widely published photographers in the world and creator of the Hard Rain Project. Many thanks to all the entrants to this years competition, we have been once again overwhelmed by the number and quality of entries this year. 

2014 Competition: Cultures of Farming

This year the ISR photography competition was inspired by the 2014 UN International Year of Family Farming (IYFF). The IYFF aims to raise the profile of family and smallholder farming by focusing world attention on its significant role in alleviating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas. Food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture were also highlighted as a priority area during the Rio +20 negotiations, and are like to form key issues within the development of the post-2015 UN development agenda. The competition was looking for thought provoking images that touched on the multiple scales, cultures and geographies of farming, including: traditional, small-scale farms to large, agroindustrial scale farms; products of farming, including food, fuel, feed, flowers, fabric and/ or fertiliser; marketplaces; agriculture in urban, peri-urban and rural environments and farming in the global North and South.

A selection of shortlisted images were displayed in the UCL South Cloisters from 2 - 28 May 2014.  Online voting took place throughout the exhibition with over 1200 votes cast! Congratulations to all of our winners!

This years winners and runners up are:

  • People's Choice First Prize (voted for during the exhibition) - Melvin Wan, UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences                   
  • Highly Commended (Best Fit to Theme) First Prize - Nils Vanwezer, UCL Institute of Archaeology
  • Runner up (staff) - Petra Dimmers, UCL Consultants
  • Runner up (student) - Muhammad Irfan, Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL

People's Choice First Prize

Photographer: Melvin Wan, UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences

The lush green plains of Dadès Valley, Morocco, surrounded by areas of dry and barren lands. On these plains, families residing in the villages nearby grow grains, olives, potatoes, tomatoes, and various citrus fruits as their only source of livelihood. All year round, these villagers pray for the skies to have good weather, and for the soils to continue being well hydrated by the Dadès River, in the hopes of a bountiful harvest. Produce from family-run farms like these is traded in local marketplaces, while high quality products may be exported to neighbouring European countries. The next time you are at the grocery store, keep an eye out for these Moroccan agricultural products, and you surely will better appreciate the efforts that have gone behind delivering the food to your local grocery store.

Melvin Wan_ Dades

Highly Commended (Best Fit to Theme) First Prize

Photographer: Nils Vanwezer, UCL Institute of Archaeology

This photograph of a silk moth was taken in Hoi An, Vietnam and displays an overlooked product of agriculture. Farming does not only include food products but fibres too. Silk played a major role in establishing long range trade connections now known as the Silk Route. I hope this photo demonstrates the importance that plant and animal domestication has had on humanity. Even the small silk worm has had a worldwide impact.

Silk Moth Hoi An Vietnam c NilsVanwezer

View all of the short listed images

2013 Competition: Natural Resources in a Human World

Overall Winner

Photographer: Elizabeth Gardner, PhD Candidate,Coastal and Estuarine Research Unit (CERU) UCL Department of Geography

winner (c) Elizabeth Gardner UCL

View all of the runner up and commended photos