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Green Templeton College | Oxford

shibliFaraz Shibli (MSc Migration Studies) has scooped the 2015 Green Templeton Photography Prize with his atmospheric black and white shot of a snow covered tree in the McAlpine Quad.

The theme of this year's competition was 'The Changing Face of Green Templeton College' and entrants were asked to submit original photographs that sum up the vibrant, ever-changing place that is the College, from people and personalities, events social, academic and sporting or the beautiful College site and its buildings and gardens.

The judging panel of fellows, students and staff praised the ethereal quality of the winning composition which depicted the College transformed and peaceful under a light blanket of snow.

Explaining when and why he snapped his entry, Faraz said: "I was working late in the library one night when the first snow of winter started to fall. I rushed outside with my South African friend, Roné, who had never before seen snow, and watched the blossom tree catching snowflakes in the McAlpine Quad.

"Not only did it represent the Changing Face of GTC in terms of the changing of the seasons, but also the transformation of a less often photographed part of the College's lovely grounds."

Faraz wins a cash prize and his photograph will be featured in the GTC Magazine 2015 which will be published in September.

This year, 12 College members entered the competition submitting 20 individual photographs.

The competition is made possible by a generous gift from Dr Elman Poole, a retired neurologist living in Oxford who is also a Common Room Member.

Congratulations to Faraz, who will receive his prize at the GTC garden party in June.

See all entries in the gallery below

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