17 November 2010

Now in its second year, The School of Political Science and International Studies’ Annual International Photography Competition has attracted an outstanding field of entries.

The competition aims to visually showcase the interest and involvement which students and alumni at The University of Queensland have in politics and global issues.

Head of the School of Political Science and International Studies Professor Gillian Whitehouse said the competition offered a unique and somewhat unchartered insight into the lives of others.

“Many of our students have experience working, studying, and undertaking research in countries all across the globe," she said.

"From Bosnia to Germany, Thailand, Iran and Morocco each image has significance for the photographer.

"I encourage you to visit the exhibition and view the extraordinary talents of our students and alumni.

"You won’t be disappointed – the breadth of this year’s entries is inspiring.”

Images such as Nicola Bristed’s ‘I heart Iran’ or Martina Rossi’s ‘The child inside’ show the way in which students and alumni are engaged at a personal level with the countries and communities they visit.

Rotary World Peace Fellow David Kozar and student Kristen Hollins show the visceral way in which spaces can speak of past trauma and history.

The competition which closed at the end of August 2010, received more than 50 submissions from UQ students and alumni, doubling last year’s number of entries.

Selected images from the competition can be viewed on the Brisbane Times website.

This year the prize will be awarded by keen photographer and member of the judging panel, Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Michael Keniger.

The Awards, to be held in the Terrace Room, Sir Llew Edwards Building on Thursday November 25, 4.30 till 6.30pm, will feature up and coming Brisbane Jazz singer Claire Walters accompanied by pianist Damien Sim.

To attend the Awards please rsvp to naomi.smith@uq.edu.au.

Media: contact Naomi Smith naomi.smith@uq.edu.au