The winners of the Student Photography Competition organised by the Liverpool Archdiocese Secondary Schools Partnership were announced at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King on Tuesday 7 June.
The winning students from Merseyside and Lancashire were presented with prizes during a ceremony at the Cathedral, with their successful entries continuing to be displayed until Thursday 16 June. With the competition divided between lower school (Years 7 to 9) and upper school (Years 10 to 13), there were pupils honoured in each age category:
1st Place – St John Fisher, Wigan – Hannah Pointon (Year 8)
2nd Place – St Peter's, Orrell – Katie Wilson (Year 8)
3rd Place – St John Bosco, Liverpool – Caitlin Smart and Chloe McLoughlin (Year 9)
1st Place – Christ the King, Southport – Gabrielle Bradley (Year 12)
2nd Place – St John Rigby, Wigan – Samantha Roberts (Year 12)
3rd Place – Hope Academy, Newton-le-Willows – Sungeida Miah (Year 11)
The theme was 'Spirituality within our School', with an optional focus on the Year of Mercy, and each photo had a short description interpreting the theme. Secondary schools, academies and sixth-form colleges throughout the Archdiocese took part, representing Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley, St Helens, Lancashire, Wigan, Warrington and Halton.
The pictures exhibited in the Cathedral elicited praise from visitors leaving comments such as: "Lovely to see so many young people interpreting spirituality in so many ways. It shows how much their faith means to them."
Paul Greenall, director of the Liverpool Archdiocese Secondary Schools Partnership, said: "This has been an excellent opportunity for schools to celebrate much of what they stand for and are about. Our students have responded tremendously to this task and, supported by their teachers, have produced images that reflect the ethos and culture that exists within our schools. This has also enabled the public visiting the exhibition to gain an understanding of the students' emotional and spiritual development that is such an important aspect of life in a Catholic school."