School of Geography

Worldview 2019: Winners Announced

All current and former students and staff of the School of Geography were invited to submit images to the School's annual photo competition, Worldview, in five categories: Boundaries, City Life, Resilient Earth, My Place in the World and My Time at Queen Mary.

22 March 2019


1st place: South East © Justina Naravaite

Out of the dozens of images submitted to the competition, a photo of the top of the Shard in London captured the imagination of this year’s judging panel, as first-year BSc Geography student Justina Naravaite scooped up the overall first prize in Worldview 2019

'The photo shows a more simple and maybe juxtaposing interpretation of the theme shows the daily wonders of city life", said Justina who submitted this photo in the City Life category. "Despite encroaching infrastructure (not just outwards but upwards too), it shows how nature interacts with and adapts to it."


2nd place: Reach the Summit © Zaina Ali

Second place was awarded to first-year BA Geography student Zaina Ali, for her image of Mount Snowdon, Wales in the Boundaries category.

"I was a trek-virgin with no clue of what I was going to face. This challenge I pushed myself to do forced me to tread the boundaries of life, quite literally", explained Zaina. "To think, I was a step away from falling off only motivated me to reach the top. I got there and made it in time to watch the sun rise and shine a yellow golden glow around the summit. The fog here although obstructing a beautiful view formed this picture giving it depth and contrast to the light shining eminently on the land."

Zaina's stunning photograph was also voted the winner of the People's Choice award.


3rd place: Down the Snicket © Conor Moloney

In third place, the panel awarded PhD student Conor Moloney for his image ‘Down the Snicket’ photographed in Bradford and submitted in the City Life category.

"A moment of freedom and virtuosity in a boy’s after-school day, overseen by a vigilant neighbour in a backstreet or ‘snicket’ of east Bradford", said Conor. "

An ice-cream van arrives in hot pursuit. The repetitive form of the by-law housing that provides these snickets has everywhere been adapted to the needs and budget of each household. Each roof or backyard extension follows its own grand design. The long shared space of each snicket is negotiated differently – some dominated by carparking, others unsurfaced, a few dedicated to play. Common to all is evidence of women’s domestic labour, suspended from the clothes lines."


Staff prize: Tongatapu Reef from Plane © Jon May

The winner of the staff prize this year was Professor Jon May, Professor of Geography, with his image of the Tongatapau Reef taken from a plane over Eua, Tonga submitted in the Boundaries category.

"This was taken from a (very!) small plane flying over Eua, a small island in the Tongan group. I liked the contrast between the deep water of the Tongan Trench, reef, beach, and scrub", explained Professor May.

Former PhD student Aditya Ray's entry in the My Place in the World category, 'Jazz by the Mississippi' taken in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA scooped both the Alumni prize and the Inclusvity prize.

"This photo was taken in New Orleans during the French Quarter Festival – a three-day marquee event for Jazz lovers in the United States and around the World. Last year (2018) the festival took place right after the AAG meeting and I was extremely lucky to attend some of it", said Aditya.


Alumni and Inclusivity prize: Jazz by the Mississippi © Aditya Ray

While I had danced to brass bands before and tapped my feet along to some traditional Jazz, I really did not know how ‘danceable’ jazz was until I saw this crowd of dancers. It was a perfect day to start learning. The warm ‘southern' sun was beating down while there was a gentle cool breeze blowing in from the Mississippi river some 20 meters away. The music that the band played was intoxicating and the dancers soaked in every note. I took this photo just before joining in. The photo captures the mesmerising atmospherics perfectly. While I had danced to brass bands before and tapped my feet along to some traditional Jazz, I really did not know how ‘danceable’ jazz was until I saw this crowd of dancers. It was a perfect day to start learning. The warm ‘southern' sun was beating down while there was a gentle cool breeze blowing in from the Mississippi river some 20 meters away. The music that the band played was intoxicating and the dancers soaked in every note. I took this photo just before joining in. The photo captures the mesmerising atmospherics perfectly."

More information:

  • You can see all images submitted to this year’s competition, on the School of Geography Instagram page