National photography prize for Eliba's images of Nepal

October 27 2017

Eliba Laws, age 15 from Redmaids' High School, Bristol has won the 2017 Far Frontiers Expeditions Participant Photography Competition.

Eliba Laws, age 15 from Redmaids' High School, Bristol has won the 2017 Far Frontiers Expeditions Participant Photography Competition.

This is a national competition which saw 100 entries submitted from schools across the UK. The students were asked to capture the essence of the expeditions they had enjoyed in far-flung parts of the world with travel and adventure company ‘Far Frontiers’.

Eliba submitted a number of stunning photos from her 15-day expedition to Nepal. The experience, in July 2017, involved trekking through the Himalayas for three days to reach a remote rural community. Once there, the 26 students from Redmaids' High School completed community work before travelling on to Chitwan National Park to experience more of the culture and beauty of Nepal.

Speaking of the trip Eliba said: “I found the Nepal trip was enriching and eye-opening to see the cultural difference, way of life and general positive ambience of the country. The Nepali people are so smiley and happy however whenever in front of the camera they behave seriously as if posing for a 'passport photo'. I found managing a candid shot was easier with a little bit of friendly conversation and when children were immersed in a game or chatter.”

While they only needed to select one image, Far Frontiers said: “We have put a selection of Eliba’s images into a gallery as they are too good not to share. In fact it was really hard to choose which one we liked best.” 

Describing her images, the judging panel said: “Eliba has a great eye for shooting natural moments which really bring the expedition to life and capture the culture and beauty of Nepal, as well as the people that live there.”

Far Frontiers have been working with Red Maids’ since 2001 and for the next adventure students will embark on a life-changing expedition to Borneo in 2019.