In Plain Site: Photography Competition



The Manchester Students of Landscape Architecture (SOLA) in conjunction with RE:ALM are holding a competition to find the best student photograph of an unrecognised/unseen slice of urban life in Manchester. The competition will conclude with an exhibition of photographs at the Landscape Architect Practice Event, being held at No 70, Oxford Road on Wednesday 24th October 2018. Judging will be by a panel of professional photographers and Architects/Landscape Architects with the award of substantial cash prizes.

THEME Photographs should be based around the theme of Henri Lefebvre’s theory of blind fields: Just as the human eyes blind spot is subjective, the urban blind field too is dynamic and shifting. Looking from multiple viewpoints is necessary to the blind field’s exposure and more genuine portrayal.

Blind field is a place within the urban environment-in plain sight but of no clear purpose (or unknown to the user) and its meaning depends on the perspective of the user and is therefore subjective. The meaning can change depending on the perspective seen from or its relationship with its surroundings, people, time weather etc. Simply put-it is the places that one walks past and may not notice until an environmental change or human action highlights their presence. PRIZES First prize: £175 FORMAT Photographs should be printed on high quality photographic paper and mounted in landscape format on A4 foam board. No names or titles are to be placed on the front of the mounted image. To preserve anonymity, on the rear of the mount board, students should attach a sealed envelope containing:

  • Name, email address, student number, course and year

  • Text of a maximum of 300 words, word processed, single spaced explaining how their image represents the theme

SUBMISSION **UPDATED** Monday 22nd October 2018 - 10.30 am - 12.30 pmChatham 607

REGISTRATION Entrants must register their place on the competition, see this post for more information: https://www.realm-msa.com/single-post/2018/10/12/Photography-competition-registration-details AWARDS Wednesday 24th October at the Practice Event, No 70 Oxford Road. JUDGES

  • Richard Page, Programme Leader, BA (Hons) Photography at MMU

  • Nick Harrison, Landscape Architect and Photographer

  • Tom Biddle, Landscape Architect and Photographer



© 2018 by RE:ALM x SoLA

Manchester School of Architecture

Manchester Metropolitan University

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