Anti-Bullying Initiatives Inspire Award-winning Photography

A pupil from Glenalmond College has had his photography skills recognised with the top prize in the Young Photographer of the Year Competition, run by the Rotary Club of Perth Kinnoull.

Rotary Club2Alvin Maina, a boarder at the Perthshire school, took his inspiration for the winning entry - a powerful trio of images - from one of the anti-bullying initiatives which Glenalmond is committed to throughout the year.

Alvin, who enjoys studying art, said he very much pushed his creative boundaries to create the winning entry, which was selected from a very diverse entry of 73 pieces of work.

According to Ian Brown, President of the Rotary Club of Perth Kinnoull, Alvin's entry really stood out among the other photographs submitted.

"All three images were exceptionally good and we were delighted with the overall standard. Alvin really has a great eye and his creativity was superb. Well done Alvin!" said Mr Brown.

The whole process of producing the photographs was challenging, said Alvin, who pushed himself well out of his comfort zone to engage with abstract concepts and visuals.

"I was inspired by an anti-bullying day held at school and the images represent a range of emotions which capture the journey from depression to hope," he explained.

The first of Alvin's images signifies loneliness, represented by "Lucid Dreams", an image of a floating man in the sky. This is followed by "Absence and Presence", depicted by multiple hand shadows, before finally reaching hope after sadness, depicted by "Phenix Girl".

Keir Downey, Head of Art at Glenalmond, congratulated Alvin on the hard work and imagination which he put into the entry. In all, the work took about 30 hours to create, from concept to the finished article.

"Art and design is very much at the creative heart of Glenalmond College and we have some exciting plans to grow that in years to come, " said Mr Downey. 

"Well done to Alvin for a superb trio of entries which also tell a very powerful story, which I am sure will inspire those who enjoy looking at the pictures for years to come."

As well as a stunning silver trophy, presented by the Club, Alvin also won a voucher to spend at E-Computers in Kinnoull Street, Perth.