Astronomy Photographer of the Year Competition

Well done to Harrison Johnson in Year 11 who entered the Astronomy Photographer of the Year Competition run by Royal Museums Greenwich!

Harry’s image of the Elephant’s Trunk Nebula which he named, “An Elephant You’ll Never Forget!” (featured in the images below) made it to the final shortlist in the global competition and has been published in this year’s book along with all the other finalists.  Harry was invited to attend a special VIP event at the National Maritime Museum on Tuesday 26th September 2023 which featured the winners and shortlisted entries.
At the event, Harry took part in an interview for a new Royal Museums podcast, met some of the judges, finalists and people who run the various museum (RMG) sites.
Harry and his family viewed the exhibition of winning images and enjoyed seeing Harry’s image displayed on a big screen and in the book. They also took the opportunity to visit the Royal Observatory, stand on the Meridian Line and see where and how the founders of Astronomy mapped the stars and planets and decided how we measure time and location.
Harry has come away even more inspired and will certainly be working on his submission for the competition next year!
If you would like to see some of Harry’s growing collection of Astrophotography pictures and vlogs then please follow the link below:


Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Congratulations to JS and HR in Year 13 who have both had their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards signed off on the weekend of Saturday 30th September – Sunday 1st October 2023!

Both students signed up and started with their Bronze during the pandemic and have worked incredibly hard to earn all three levels of the award over the last 4.5 years, which is a fantastic achievement.

They will now be invited to either Buckingham or St James’s Palace next spring to receive their award at the National Gold Presentations!

Young Artists’ Summer Show People’s Choice Award 2023

A huge congratulations to JP in Year 10 who has won the Young Artists’ Summer Show People’s Choice Award 2023 for his art piece ‘A Portrait of Sal’ (seen below). JP also received a £100 art materials voucher!

Thousands of votes were received for the nearly 480 artworks open to this award and JP’s work received the highest number with 782 votes!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for JP’s amazing art piece.

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