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IA Arran photo competition 2019

In 2018, the Department ran its first photo competition for first-year undergraduates on the Arran field trips. The feedback from students is that we should make this a thing.

2019 1A Arran Photo Competition Rules

  • One entry person, per category
  • “People” and “Not people”
  • Must be taken on 2019 Arran field trips
  • Entries from IAs only
  • Must agree to be on display during Alumni day
  • Any format, but submitted as a single digital file.
  • Filters/photoshop discouraged. Minor edits fine.


Administration/processing , Communications & Alumni Coordinator and Communications & Department Librarian

Judges: Alumni day attendees

Judges pick single winner from each category – these get cocktails at Sedgwick Garden Party 

Judges award one overall £25 prize

Process & dates

  • 26 April – submission by email as attachment to
  • 11 May – judging to take place
  • 11 May – winner announced


The First 1A Arran Photo Competition Results

We asked our IA Natural Scientists to send in their best shots in two simple categories: "people" for capturing those on the trip hard at work/play, and "not people" for the best science, landscape and arty shots.

Over 50 of our alumni voted for the winners at our annual Alumni Day and Dinner in May.


Joint winner, not people: Natasha Franklin, Caius

The Doon: A sill formed by quartz-feldspar porphyry and basalt intrusions on the west coast of Arran. 

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Joint winner, not people: Simon Kershenbaum, St Edmund's

Residents of Lochranza: Harbour seal (Phoca vitulina) enjoying the sunset at the estuary outside the Lochranza field centre. 

Natasha Franklin - nf346 - not people -web.jpg 


Winner, people & overall winner: Ursula Shaw, Newnham

Scaling Dalradians: Revisiting the Dalradian turbidites near Whitefarland Point on Arran, overlooking Carradale on the Scottish mainland.

Natasha Franklin - nf346 - not people -web.jpg