Wilberforce Student's Work featured on bbc news website

Wilberforce student Ellie Johnston has had her work selected to be displayed on the BBC News website, the most viewed news website in the UK.

First year A Level Photography student, Ellie, submitted her work to the Sixth Form College’s Associate Summer Art Exhibition and was lucky enough to bag herself a place. Her piece, entitled ‘Last Plant Standing’ was part of the theme of Planet Future, where students could reflect on how the world is changing and what the future holds. 

“Future Planet is thinking about the possibilities we can create looking into the future and how we, living in the present, can really have an impact on that,” Ellie said. The BBC agreed to showcase the highlights from the exhibition on their website, and Ellie was lucky enough to make the cut.

To create ‘Last Plant Standing’, Ellie used a camera and zoom lens to capture the silhouette of the moon but made sure to focus on the plant in the foreground. “I wanted to create a nice depth of field,” Ellie said. She then used Photoshop to emphasise the shadows and highlights of the moon, helping her to create her final piece.

Ellie’s artwork is a true representation of the brief, with Ellie stating that she really wanted to capture the natural aspects of the theme. “I wanted the show the plant almost looking towards the light and positive future produced by the moon. It’s also a reminder of how we should take care of the natural features around us and allow them to create the concept of ‘Planet Future’.”

Bill Watkin, chief executive of the SFCA, said: “This online exhibition is also a way of celebrating the arts and recognising excellence in sixth form colleges. It is imperative that we keep the arts in education secure and flourishing. If young people are to make a truly valuable contribution to society, even if they are to be successful scientists, engineers, doctors and technicians, they need to develop their creative skills, their artistic sensitivities and their ability to interact with others.”

Two other Wilberforce College students had their artwork chosen to be a part of the exhibition. Callum Hannon and his piece ‘Precious Planet’ managed to secure a place, as did Madison Carr’s piece ‘Skullscape’. All three images interpret the theme in a different way, giving an insight into how young people feel about our climate and environment, and how they view the wider sustainability agenda. You can see their work here.

To view Ellie’s work on the BBC website, please click the link here. Congratulations Ellie – everyone at Wilberforce is so proud of your achievement.