Academy winners of GSK’s photo contest

Glaxo's, Jamie Kinghorn, presents first prize to Natalie McDonald in the Glaxo/Montrose Academy Higher photography competition.'Picture L-R: Mr Peter Allan P.T. Expressive Arts, Jack McCubbin (2nd prize winner), Dylan Jamieson (3rd prize winner), Jamie Kinghorn from Glaxo, first prize winner Natalie McDonald and Deputy head teacher Mr Bruce Pandrich
Glaxo's, Jamie Kinghorn, presents first prize to Natalie McDonald in the Glaxo/Montrose Academy Higher photography competition.'Picture L-R: Mr Peter Allan P.T. Expressive Arts, Jack McCubbin (2nd prize winner), Dylan Jamieson (3rd prize winner), Jamie Kinghorn from Glaxo, first prize winner Natalie McDonald and Deputy head teacher Mr Bruce Pandrich

AS PART of GlaxoSmithKline’s 60th anniversary celebrations, and to tie in with the extensive partnership between GSK and Montrose Academy, the factory held a photography competition for the Higher Photography class.

Pupils were invited to the factory and given a tour of a number of areas. They were invited to take pictures of whatever caught their eye, from an artistic perspective.

After choosing their favourite shots, the pupils then exhibited their work in a display at GSK’s 60th Anniversary Open Day in September. Guests were invited to vote for their favourite photograph.

The quality of the photographs was very high and the guests commented on how hard it was to judge.

GSK representative Jamie Kinghorn presented prizes of High Street vouchers to the pupils who came first, second and third.

First prize went to Natalie Donald, who won £60 worth of vouchers for her stunning photograph of a close-up of a storage drum. Mr Kinghorn commented that it was interesting how such an everyday, functional item could produce such a beautifully composed and striking photograph.

Second prize was won by Jack McCubbin and the third prize winner was Dylan Jamieson.

Principal teacher of expressive arts, Mr Peter Allan, said: “ We are very grateful to Glaxo for offering our pupils the opportunity to experience a real-life commissioned photo-shoot.

“This has been a very successful collaboration between Glaxo and our Higher Photography students.

“The pupils have gained a lot of valuable experience which will, I am sure, stand them in good stead throughout the rest of their Higher Photography course and beyond.”