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Winning photographs


Holly Glass

Holly's work focused on aspects of life during the First World War, inspired by Carol Ann Duffy's poem Last Post. Holly considered the roles women undertook in munitions factories: not only was the work traditionally male, but the munitionettes formed football teams playing other factories for the famous Munitionettes' Cup.

Holly's photography thoughtfully draws attention to the adversities faced by these women who were ridiculed for playing a 'man's sport' – even while raising considerable sums for the war effort.


Natalie Smith

Inspired by a line from Carol Ann Duffy's poem The Thames, London 2012, Natalie explored the theme of British culture during the Second World War. Different aspects of life in wartime provided the imagery for Natalie's photography: rationing, land girls and 1940s fashion.

With a surreal combination of the sinister, suggested by the gas mask, and everyday domesticity represented by tea towels and household tasks, Natalie created a truly unique and visually arresting image.


Yvonne Barton

Carol Ann Duffy's poem, The Crown, was the impetus for Yvonne's creativity. Focused on the opulent apparel and regalia worn by participants during a coronation, a theme of ceremonial visual extravagance was developed.

Yvonne then transposed ideas of dense intricate patterning into a stunning op-art image further inspired by flora of the Royal Gardens and the poppies of the 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' installation by Paul Cummins and Tom Piper, displayed at the Tower of London in 2014.