The winners of the Travelbound Media Competition 2015/16

Published: 8th July 2016

In September 2015 we launched our Travelbound Media Competition, providing students with the chance to submit both photographs and short video clips via Instagram for a chance to win one of three fantastic prizes. From street life to architecture, sunsets to landscapes or group shots to selfies, we wanted students to share their college and university memories from their Travelbound residential trip with us.

Capturing trip memories

Following 4 simple steps to enter, students simply had to follow @Travelbound on Instagram; upload a photo or 15 second video clip from their Travelbound educational tour to Instagram; tag @Travelbound with #MyTripFlick; and mention the name of their college/university within the comment section. Needless to say we received plenty of interest with 398 entries bringing to light their finest trip flick from their college or university tour with Travelbound. 

With three great prizes up for grabs, the standard of entries was high. First prize would claim a £500 Amazon voucher; second prize would take away £250 worth of Amazon vouchers; and third place would get the opportunity to splash £100 on the Amazon marketplace. 

Feedback from the judges

“It was interesting to see how people used their cameras to capture images on their trips. For me the best images were the ones where people looked outside of the ordinary and looked further than the tourist hotspots and delved a little deeper. If you're shooting the same things you’ve seen in travel brochures it's going to be difficult to take an image that stands out. I remember being given a good piece of advice when I was an assistant photographer, which was “Walk the earth”. I don’t think it was meant to be taken literally, but to explore better and keep your eyes open.” Dave Goldman 

“With so many photographs and videos being taken and shared every day it can be hard to make your work stand out. It’s inspiring to see what the next generation of photographers, filmmakers, designers and artists are playing with in the digital social media space. What I was most impressed by was the fresh and unique take the entrants showed in approaching the challenge of the brief – be that perspective, angle, focus or content.” Mike Prior 

“A massive well done to everyone that entered. As overall standard of submissions was incredibly high, it was so hard to choose only 3 entries to receive prizes. So many single moments in time were captured and creatively expressed on numerous residential trips both in the UK and overseas. I would like to personally thank all of our lectures and teachers for promoting the competition to their students too.” Helen Clifford

The winning entries

1st place | 2015/16 Travelbound Media Competition

1st Prize: £500 Amazon Voucher

2nd place | 2015/16 Travelbound Media Competition

2nd Prize: £250 Amazon Voucher

3rd place | 2015/16 Travelbound Media Competition

3rd Prize: £100 Amazon Voucher

Comments from the winners

1st-place | Alison Romaine

1st place | Alison Romaine

Despite its humble and sparse population, Iceland’s wonders are being exposed to a growing tourist market – many of whom are fashioning cameras (way more technical than mine) – equipped for the unearthly juxtaposing landscapes of solidified lava fields, sulphur potent geysers, black beaches and rumbling volcanoes. Geographically divided by tectonic plates, this dynamic island is endlessly explore-able (and educational) – we visited the geothermal power stations – oddly fascinating to see how this little island leads in these renewables. Our local tour guide, “Granny Fanny” navigated us around the “Golden Circle” highlights as well as taking us off-piste – often narrating the journey with Viking sagas and folklore of trolls (a true legend herself!) This photograph sums up the scenes of Iceland: Sólheimajökull, a rapidly retreating glacier was coloured by raincoats of ice-trekkers. I just took this picture as I liked the human bits of this very physical environment. Shout out to Carolyn and Barton Peveril for making this trip the best!

2nd-place | Holly Grainger

2nd place | Holly Grainger

I'm just so amazed that I've come 2nd place! Thank you so much! I shot my photo during a college trip to Madrid. It was such a beautiful city with such amazing sights and architecture. So I never imagined that I'd take my best photo at a flamenco show! I was just so inspired by the movements of the dancer and the vibrant colours that she wore. I had to capture it as I saw it. I'd also like to thank King Edward VI College and my photography tutor, Jaskirt, for organising that trip to Madrid and giving me the skills and opportunity I needed to get me here.

3rd-place | Gen Edelmann

3rd place | Gen Edelmann

I was so excited to hear I had won a prize as part of the Travelbound competition! The photo is from the Graphic Design Field Trip to Rotterdam – such an exciting and inspiring city with amazing architecture! I'd like to thank our Course Director and tutors at Kingston University for organising the trip and providing us with the opportunity to visit so many beautiful cities in Europe.

On the panel

Find out more about our judges here...

David Goldman | Photographer

David Goldman

Commerical Photographer

Read David's Biography

Mike Prior | Video Editor

Mike Prior

Video Editor

Read Mike's Biography

Helen Clifford | Travelbound

Helen Clifford

GM - Travelbound Student Tours

Read Helen's Biography

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“A photograph is neither taken nor seized by force. It offers itself up. It is the photo that takes you. One must not take photos.”

Henri Cartier-Bresson


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