Student Focus 2012 Competition

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“An old silent pond...
A frog jumps into the pond,
Splash! Silence again.”

Matsuo Basho


Matsuo Basho, one of the early masters of Japanese haiku poems, begins one of his most famous poems, The Old Pond, with an observation about the nature of the pond and then explains the action taken by the frog. At the end of the second line, the poem changes from observation to reflection, as Basho explains in the third line what he heard as a result of this moment in time. The poem captures a brief moment in time, showing that the pond returns to the state of silence in which it began.

Due to the philosophy of haiku, and the necessity of choosing just the right word to capture the moment and meet the syllabic requirements, it poses a creative and interesting challenge to writers.

We want you, as a photographer, to take on a role similar to that of a haiku poet and create one image that depicts a ‘fleeting moment’; or as in the words of Henri Cartier-Bresson ‘the decisive moment’.


Please note: To enter the Student Focus competition, students must submit their image to their tutor who will enter students' images on their behalf.

Find out more about how you can participate in the Student Focus competition here.


Entering & Judging

The Student Focus Jury is selected from selected Academy members, Carl de Keyzer (Belgium) Photographer and Co-Founder & Director of the XYZ Photography Gallery; Sarah Toplis (UK) Commissioning Editor for Young Tate and Virginia Morrison (US) Executive Director of the Society for Photographic Education.

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Africa / Middle East

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For Universities in Asia.


For Universities in Europe.

North America

For Universities in North America.


For Universities in Oceania.

South America

For Universities in South America.

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