International Student Photography Competition 2024

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The annual Edinburgh Global International Student Photography competition winners have been announced.

The theme of this year’s competition was My Edinburgh. Open to international students and students who have had a study or work away experience, the submissions totalled more than 150 photos.

First prize – Filip Jarzynski

Filip is a School of GeoSciences student from Poland. He says: “The photo was taken almost from the top of Arthur’s Seat on a cold morning in December. The shadow of the mountain still falls over the city, whereas the mountains in the upper part of the photo are already fully illuminated by the warm, rising sun. The photo is divided by an incoming shelf cloud.”

Second prize – Zainab Abba

Zainab is a Centre for Open Learning student from Pakistan and Turkey. She says: “Sunrise in Cappadocia, Turkey is hauntingly beautiful. Hundreds of hot air balloons float over the unique landforms of Cappadocia.”

People’s Choice winner – Simar Mann

Simar is an Edinburgh Medical School student from India. His photo is titled ‘A City of Festivals – The Beltane Fire Festival’


Principal’s choice prize winner – Yuheng Feng

Yuheng is a School of Informatics student from China. His photo is titled ‘A heron leaps over the lake at the foot of Holyrood Park’

Global category prize winner – Zeliang lyu

Zeliang is an Edinburgh College of Art student from China. She says: “On 31 August 2023 I saw the Blue moon rise from cloud-like kata Tjuta when I rode the camel in the sacred indigenous land (Uluru-Kata Tjuta) during sunset.”

Campus category prize winner – Kaitlan Puglia

Kaitlan is a School of Health in Social Science student from the US. She says: “Taken in the shadows of the Old College, students bring light to a grey Edinburgh day.”

City category prize winner – Huaiyuan Huang

Huaiyuan is a Moray House School of Education and Sport student from China. He says: “This is Princes Street on a busy weekend.”

Community category prize winner – Kana Wakaumi

Kana is a School of Geosciences student from Japan. She says: “When a candle is transformed into a beautiful river by the collaboration of 20,000 people. Happy Hogmanay, Edinburgh!”