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SLARead80 competition winners!

The School Library Association is delighted to announce the winners of their anniversary competition to photograph people enjoying reading – SLA Read80. The competition was open to all, and the winning photos were judged by author Matt Whyman.

The Junior section was won by Zuri, age 9 of James Allen's Preparatory School. Matt says ‘We have a clear winner here. Not just in the ‘Portraits of Readers Floating on Inflatable Pizzas in a Pool’ category (number of entries: 1) but for the overall 2017 Junior SLA Photography Prize. Zuris’ photograph is great fun, and I want to know how I can get my hands on this cool inflatable. Zuri faced stiff competition, notably from Sia Pathak’s capture at a bus stop in which reader and graffiti work as one.

Junior section winner

Well done to one and all.’ Zuri wins a large Book token for her efforts and her school will also receive  Micro Librarian Systems Reading Cloud for their library.

Junior Section Runners up – Sia, age 9 James Allen Preparatory School, Olivia, age 9 of James Allen's Preparatory School; Alisha age 10 of James Allen's Preparatory School and Shivi ,age 6 of James Allen’s Preparatory School. These budding photographers will all receive prizes of books.

The Senior Section had many more entries and, as Matt says ‘This year’s judging process involved staring hard at every single entry, finding plenty to enjoy each time, and the wondering how on earth to pick the definitive shot. It’s a subjective decision, after all, and with such a gloriously wide interpretation of the brief I would like to announce that you’re all winners in my heart – and that includes the cats that squeezed into so many shots submitted here. At the same time, as a prize for everyone would mean facing a librarian-in-charge with a face like I’ve failed to return an overdue book for ten years, I have made a selection based simply on what worked for me.’

The Senior section, for a photograph taken by a photographer of secondary school age or older, was won by - Notre Dame School Library, Cobham. Matt comments ‘So, to this year’s winner... [at]notredamecobham for a beautifully observed portrait of five tots sharing four books.

Senior section winner

 What could possibly go wrong? Well, nothing in this sweepingly poetic portrait that makes subtle use of natural light and captures what this competition set out to celebrate: the simple joy of reading.’

The photographer will receive a large book token and the school will also get MicroLibrarian Systems Reading Cloud for their library.

Senior runners up are :

Second - Bristol Brunel Academy Secondary School Library

Third - Rye St Anthony Library, Oxford

Fourth - Luckley House School Library
All will receive prizes of books for their libraries.

Huge congratulations to everyone who submitted photographs, Matt has enjoyed judging them. The SLA will be sharing them on the [at]uksla Instagram feed, Twitter feed and website throughout World Book Day – Thursday 2nd March. 

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