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Happy Life by Jin Jing

Business Students Show Hidden Photographic Talents

To celebrate the international diversity of the Business School, students have been involved in a photography and film competition, representing the different aspects of their origins.

Drawing on themes such as people, cultural activities, places and landscapes, the exhibition seeks to develop interest and understanding of students’ diverse backgrounds. Over 150 photographs are showcased by students from countries including China, Thailand, Malaysia, Zimbabwe, Germany, Italy and France, as well as the UK.

Students in all levels of study - from 1st year undergraduate through to postgraduate and PhD students in all areas of study from Leadership to Finance - have participated, with stunning results.

Winners were announced on Tuesday night at an evening celebration and prize-giving attended by about 80 staff and students. The standards were so high that eventually the judges selected four winners (three sets of photos and one video entry). Judges included staff from the Business School and the International Office, the Chair of the Business School SSLC, and the university Curator for Fine Art. Each winner was offered a prize of £150.

One of the winning sets of photographs, by Malik Benzenine (MSc International Business) showed aspects of French Provençal life. One of the judges said, ‘Malik’s technical ability is amazing. These black and white shots are incredible and make a set that works so well together. They really show aspects of French life from the beauty of the countryside to the passion of the hunter’.

Also a winner was Ludovica Innocenzi (2nd year Economics & Politics), whose colourful shots of Italian life delighted the judges. The photos had a real sense of atmosphere, offering a glimpse of Florence with a variety of shots including landscapes, art and gorgeous Italian ice cream. Judges were impressed at how well Ludovica had captured home life with her photographs.

Okky Sihombing (2nd year Accounting & Finance) was the final prize winner after showed a compelling selection of images of Indonesia. A temple goddess is depicted, calm and beautiful, along with the bustle of life, and stunning views of scenery, with brilliant blue skies and lush greens. Judges were impressed with the vibrancy of colours exhibited in these photographs.

The winner of the film category - Manxing Dai (MSc Money & Banking) - provided a wonderful video of his home background in China. Manxing’s video included many shots of cultural events, traditional dancing and music, landscapes and wildlife – all woven together by a delightful musical background, played by Manxing himself on a traditional Chinese cucurbit flute.

One of the winners says: ‘Thank you for give me an opportunity to show my hometown. I am so excited when I receive this award. You and your colleagues pay a lot of effort to this wonderful exhibition, thanks for your work again’.

The work of an additional five students was mentioned as highly commended.

Munyaradzi Hoto (3rd year Economics) from Zimbabwe. These images of African village life are haunting and very real, demonstrating the difference between life in Africa and here in Exeter.
Elizabeth Green (1st year Economics) from Paris. The views of life in Paris were unusual and very personal, from shopping and eating, to friends and parties.
Hsiang-Pei Tseng (MSc Finance & Investment) – Taiwan. These photos depicted a selection of stunning views and were of very high technical quality.
Jin Jing (MSc Finance & Management) of China. This set of photos showed peaceful and beautiful views of countryside and flowers
Tim Pitcher (1st year Economics & Politics) – Isle of White. This collection showed a variety of aspects of life particular to the Isle of Wight and to Tom himself, from sailing and rugby, to narrow roads.

It must be emphasised that every entry highlighted a personal view on the life of the student or the environment from which they come, and every one is worthy of commendation.

The competition and exhibition have been made possible by the JISC Integrate Project – a major two year technology project working to embed innovative technologies into Business School teaching whilst also looking at the challenges arising from rapidly increasing student numbers and international diversification.

Competition organiser, Dale Potter (Student Projects Leader for the Integrate Project), said: “This exhibition has undoubtedly captured students’ interest and broadened horizons amongst staff and students alike on the diversity of Business School students. It is fascinating to see passers-by encapsulated as they walk through the exhibition and be stunned by the quality of the students’ work. There is real enthusiasm to embed this type of event as a regular feature in the Business School calendar.”

Liz Dunne, from Education Enhancement, who directs the JISC Integrate Project, adds: ‘This has been an exciting opportunity to showcase student talents and to learn about the richly diverse backgrounds of students in the Business School. I hope that this can be repeated in future years.’

Competition organisers would like to thank the Business School for their generosity in contributing to the prize fund.

The full exhibition of photos is on show in the Streatham Court Lecture Theatre corridor (i.e. outside the main Business School lecture theatres) from Wednesday 10th March to Monday 29th March.

Date: 17 March 2010

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