Sustainable St Albans Week photography competition winners announced

Daniela Trhacova and Nixie Kibbey

Daniela Trhacova and Nixie Kibbey - Credit: Archant

The winners of a local sustainability themed photography competition have been announced.

Youngsters who won the Living in St Albans competition were revealed at the finale of Sustainable St Albans Week, the Know How festival.

Daniela Trhacova from Oaklands College won the secondary school category, closely followed by STAGS student Nixie Kibbey in second and Sandringham pupil Holly Cutler in third.

There were also categories for both infant and junior school children and all three first places carried a prize of £100.

Prizes were also up for grabs for combined entries from a school, year, class, or youth group.

St Albans mayor, Cllr Mohammad Iqbal Zia, announced the winners and presented them with the prizes.

Nixie, who came runner-up, said: “I am very excited and happy to have won and I plan to save my prize money.”

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More than 100 entrants, who were all under 18, were asked to capture an image of what living sustainably in St Albans meant to them and write 25 words explaining their work.

Competition organiser Caroline Wilkins said: “We were impressed by the incredible response to the competition. There were over 100 entries and they illustrated a very wide variety of themes on the subject of sustainability.”

It was judged by Herts Ad photographer Danny Loo, local lifestyle documentary photographer Emma Collins, and Sandy Adams from the campaign group Plastic Free St Albans.

Danny said: “As judges we were surprised at the overall quality of the entries. The youngest category did really well considering their age.

“We were disappointed with the number of photos we got of recycling bins, especially from the older groups. I would have thought that more thought and consideration would have gone into the pictures because there was a £100 prize up for grabs.

“The winning images were all of a really high standard and really stood out to us as quite clearly a lot of thought and planning had gone into them.

“Well done to everybody who entered. I hope to see more entries next year going for the cash.”

All shortlisted photos will be displayed in Harpenden library until May 5 and in Verulamium Museum until June 3.