Visiting student’s fresh look at St Albans’ iconic Clock Tower

The Clock Tower photographic competition winner was Petra Koblova

The Clock Tower photographic competition winner was Petra Koblova - Credit: Photo courtesy of Petra Koblova

A student visiting from Prague has won a photographic competition by focusing on capturing St Albans’ historic Clock Tower in an original way.

The Clock Tower photographic competition winner was Petra Koblova, pictured right with St Albans May

The Clock Tower photographic competition winner was Petra Koblova, pictured right with St Albans Mayor Cllr Annie Brewster - Credit: Photo courtesy of Petra Koblova

The contest, aimed at younger generations, was organised by volunteers at the tower and university student Jinghui Foo, with entrants encouraged to take photos that showed what the structure meant to them.

Winner Petra Koblova’s four photos of the iconic tower were described as “fresh and imaginative” and they were praised for their unusual angles.

St Albans Mayor Cllr Annie Brewster recently presented prizes to Petra and runner-up, Joseph Bonfield.

A spokeswoman for the volunteers said the Clock Tower would open on Good Friday, and be open every weekend during summer until the end of September.


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The iconic St Albans building was visited by over 8,000 people from across the globe last year.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help can contact the Architectural and Archaeological Society (SAHASS) volunteer co-ordinator via the website or phone 01727 730825.

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