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Snap happy and healthy: photography winners in the spotlight

Philip Bruland's winning entry

Philip Bruland's winning entry

Dr Edith Kreutner's second place entry

Dr Edith Kreutner's second place entry

Dr Tom Podesta's third place entry

Dr Tom Podesta's third place entry

Press release issued: 21 May 2013

The winners of an inaugural competition to capture the essence of health and wellbeing on camera have been revealed, with staff and students at the University of Bristol exercising their photographic skills to produce some colourful and thought-provoking images.

Masters student Philip Bruland has been crowned the overall winner of the Picture of Health competition, which was launched to get people thinking about what healthy living meant to them.

His winning entry - showing walkers and cyclists crossing the old railway bridge near the CREATE centre on Spike Island - caught the judges’ eyes for its depiction of people sustaining mental and physical health in our urban environment.

The Electrical and Electronic Engineering student said: “I am very happy to win first place and I think it shows that you can take great photos with just your phone, good timing and a bit of luck.”

For his efforts, Philip wins a brand new camera and will have his image on display at the sports centre initially, before being used to promote health and wellbeing across the University.

Second place went to Dr Edith Kreutner, from the Department of German, for her shot entitled ‘Feeling on top of the World’, which was taken on Hochfeiler Mountain, situated on the border between Austria and Italy. She wins a sleep and activity tracking device.

And Dr Tom Podesta, from the School of Biochemistry, came third with his ‘Speed racer’ image of runners during the Bristol Half Marathon. He wins four weeks’ worth of veg box deliveries.

The competition aimed to show that health isn’t just about fruit and fitness, rather it involves all aspects of our lives and is developed and experienced where we work, study, live and play.

John Wilford, the University’s Healthy Lifestyle Manager, organised the competition and said: “We received some great images that really demonstrated just how varied people’s perspective of healthy living really is, as well as how creative our staff and students can be.  Their photos show health as part of their lives, where they live, love and learn - not as an add-on.” 

The competition was led up by the University’s Sport, Exercise and Health team and supported by the University’s Marketing and Communications Division, the Staff Photographic Arts Group and The Tab online student newspaper.

Further information

Be well @ Bristol

The University of Bristol encourages students and staff to take a proactive approach to their health and wellbeing. Aspiring to be recognised as a 'healthy university', we offer a range of services and programmes offering advice to students who recognise the value of a healthy student experience.

For more information, please see the Sport, Exercise and Health website or follow @uob_well on Twitter.

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