20th June 2002




Two University of Lincoln photography students could see their work turned into adverts on display at the Virgin Megastore on Oxford Street.


Emma Thomas and Micky Watt also stand to pocket £2,500 if they win the Virgin Megastores Nationwide University Photographic Competition.


The pair, who are studying for a National Diploma in Photography at the Lincoln School of Art and Design, have been named on a shortlist of 30 students who are in with a chance of a prize.


Over 300 photography students from all over the UK entered the competition. Judging takes place today (Thursday 20th June) and the winners will be announced at a party in London on Wednesday 26th June where the 30 finalists will have their work exhibited.


Emma (17) of Holdingham, near Sleaford, and Micky (17) of Goltho, near Market Rasen, were asked to create a visually compelling photographic image to reflect Virgin Megastores’ advertising strapline ‘Whatever Turns You On’.


Judging the entries today will be Sally Chatterton, picture editor of The Independent, Andreas Laeufer, art director of Tank magazine, and Emily Newton-Dunn, freelance journalist for Sleazenation.


“We are extremely excited about our first ever photographic awards which demonstrateVirgin Megastores’ commitment to innovation and creativity,” said Simon Dornan, head of PR for Virgin Megastores.


The competition’s first prize is £2,500, with further prizes of £2,000 and £1,500.


The three finalists’ work will be developed into style ads as well as being displayed in the Oxford Street Megastore. Visitors to the website virgin.com/megastores/uk will also find an online gallery showcasing the work of the 30 finalists.


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                 email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk


or Thea Gray or Alice Clary at Cake Media (tel: 020 7471 6655)