Edinburgh photography competition’s top entries

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THE question was simple – what is it that makes you part of Edinburgh?

Here are the answers, captured on camera by international students asked to think about the city, its culture, people and buildings.

An image by Salih Gonenc, from Turkey, which won the overall 1st prize.

An image by Salih Gonenc, from Turkey, which won the overall 1st prize.

Some brought a smile to the judges’ faces, such as the guy throwing autumn leaves on the Meadows. Others made them reflect on the Capital’s enviable landscape, seen through the eyes of a visitor. A lone cyclist making his way through Holyrood Park on a sunset ride, for example.

“The overall standard of entries was very impressive,” says award-winning photographer Jane Barlow, from Scotsman Publications, who was on the judging panel.

The competition was organised by Edinburgh University for its international students, forming an album of entries which show the impression the city has made on them.

Taking first place – and receiving a £100 cash prize for his efforts – was Salih Gonenc from Turkey for his submission of the Stewart Monument on Calton Hill.

“Edinburgh – know it and hold it like a ball in your hand,” he wrote alongside his entry.

“Technically it’s good,” says Jane. “The lighting is also lovely. I felt it was an unusual take on a very familiar Edinburgh landmark, which was fantastic.”

In second place, Mohamad Hanif Awang Senik, from Malaysia, impressed judges with his shot of a man surrounded by leaves on the 
Meadows.

“Autumn in my heart – emerging soul to nature,” he noted.

The competition drew entries from 250 students from across 50 nationalities, the submissions shortlisted by the university’s photography society before Jane decided on winners.

The university principal, Sir Timothy O’Shea, was also given the final say over one category, choosing Malaysian student Nor Shahida Aziz Zuddin’s shot of The Shore.

“Collectively, the photographs give a wonderful insight into Edinburgh life,” says Jane.