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A Day in The Life of Mulgrave

13th Annual Photography Contest 

May 11th, 2021

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2021 Category Winners

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2021 Winners Photos

2021 Runner Up

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2021 Runner Up Photos

2021 Highly Commended

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2021 Highly Commended Photos


We invite participants from Grades 7-12 to take the opportunity to chronicle these unique circumstances and visually express in photography how our amazing community of students, staff, faculty and parents embody our core values during  our school day on and off-campus - a ‘day in the life’ of Mulgrave.


  • All photographs must be taken on Tuesday May 11th, between 12:01am and midnight that day. Photos that are verified to have been taken at any other time will not be counted. 

  • Privacy is an important issue and must be respected. All participants must receive express permission from each subject who appears in their submitted photographs. 

  • All images must appropriate subject material for display and be ‘cool for school’ 

  • Each participating student  may submit a maximum of 7 images. 

  • All Grades 7-12 students are encouraged to participate, and art teachers are requesting all art students must participate in order to practise their skills. 

  • Entries may be digitally enhanced using post-production techniques, but the original photo must be their own work. 

  • Entries must  be posted on the A Day in the Life of Mulgrave Padlet in order to be considered for judging: follow the Padlet link here 

  • Participants will be required to obtain a Padlet account and use their real name, (not ‘Anonymous’) for their post to be counted as an entry. Use this link to register if you do not already have an account.

  • Entries may be uploaded to the Padlet from Tuesday May 11th up to 4pm Thursday, May 13th. Any attempts to submit after this time will not be counted. 

  • Entries may be submitted in .JPG or .HEIC format. 

  • Entries must have a hashtag associated to be considered for the 5 categories #Portrait, #Connecting, #Nature, #Action, #StillLife.

  • In addition to using your real name, entries must be titled and labelled with the participant’s grade, contest category and house team e.g.: Imogen Cunningham / Looking Up through Filters / G10 #nature #lutherking


Judges will consider entries and award prizes to what they collectively agree is the best example of the following:

  • #Portrait: No arm’s-length selfies allowed. Photos must be of yourself or another human. Get creative about how you can capture a portrait of someone e.g. reflections, windows, mirrors, screens, shadows, self-timer.

  • #Connecting: How has COVID 19 changed the way we connect? Find a way to capture what this means to you. You could explore themes such as family, friendship, school spirit, house shirt/colour, and connection to your community with a new perspective.

  • #Nature: Explore your connection with nature. Consider subjects such as landscape, a garden, school fields and trail, your balcony, pets, sunsets, etc.

  • #Action:  Express favourite activities in and out of school e.g. sports, dance, playing music and movement.

  • #Still Life: Shoot a composition with items such as learning tools and stationery, comforting familiar objects, sports equipment, food, instruments, art supplies, books... anything that means something to you.  


  • Consider lighting when shooting your photographs, will you choose natural light, camera flash? Create interesting shadows with  lamps or flashlights?

  • Move around and get above or below your subject to find interesting angles. 

  • Consider depth of field using your camera’s Aperture Priority (Av or A) setting, or your phone’s ‘portrait mode’.

  • Think about composition and focus. What do you want your viewers to notice first , and how will their eye travel around the image?

  • Consider digitally enhancing your photo with subtle shifts in contrast, balance, colour saturation.  Many students are currently working with Photoshop and other programs and apps -use your new skills, or the simple editing options available on your phone or computer. 


Judges this year will be Mr Batada, Ms Berns, Ms Cunningham, Mr Fabin, Ms Ianovskaia, Mr Jones, Mr Kristen, Ms Lees and Mr Olnyk.

Judges’ decisions are final.

Students will be able to indicate appreciation by adding a ‘heart’ to a post but not comment directly or participate in judging.


The competition is an amazing way to share your creativity and unique perspective with the community. There are also gift card prizes available! 

One Overall Winner
  • Receives a certificate, social media feature, work exhibited in school and $90 gift card. 

5 Category Winners
  • Receive a certificate, social media feature, work exhibited in school and $40 gift card. 

Category Runners-up and Highly Commended 
  • Receive a certificate, social media feature and work exhibited in school.

House Points

In addition the House Team Leadership is collaborating with us this year and has decided to award the following house points to the rewards up for grabs:

  • 50 HP to highly commended and runners up

  • 100 HP to category winners
  • 300 HP to overall winner

Which house will gain the most house points from this creative challenge? We are excited to find out! 

If you have any questions please email Liza Cunningham (she/her):

Last Year's Overall Winner