Top Prizes at Wolverhampton Young Photographer of the Year 2020

Schoolchildren from across the City were celebrated for their creativity and thought-provoking photography with a virtual awards ceremony via Zoom.

Out of the 50 shortlisted photographs for this year’s Wolverhampton Young Photographer 2020, Wolverhampton Grammar School (WGS) saw 10 students selected to be part of the final. Congratulations go to: Rumaysa Taj, Neil Desai, Ashvini Samanta, Mya Bharj, Mya Ghera, Vishwas Kumar, Ahmed Imran, Eleanor Wilkinson, Saaya Deb and Ben Thornthwaite.

Emma Bowater, Head of Art at Wolverhampton Grammar School commented

“Year on year, we are so proud of the dedication of our students to representing themselves, and WGS, at competitions such as Wolverhampton Young Photographer. This year showed our most creative selection of images yet and we were so pleased to have a large number of our students shortlisted in the final. Well done photographers!”

The competition, which is organised by Wolverhampton Photographic Society, was open to young people who live, study and work within the WV postcode area. The Junior section of the competition was open to those aged 11-16 and saw WGS students win coveted prizes in the following categories:

Landscape and Nature category

3rd Mya Ghera

2nd Neil Desai

1st Ahmed Imran (£50 prize)

Junior Creative

3rd Mya Bharj

2nd Ashvini Samanta

1st Mya Ghera (£50 prize)

After receiving a commended place in last year’s final, we are very proud that Mya Ghera was selected as the overall winner in the Junior section this year.

We Are All Mad Here by Mya Ghera 

In the Senior section of the competition, which was open to students aged 16-18, WGS had two 3rd place prizes: Eleanor Wilkinson for Senior Creative and Saaya Deb for Senior ‘My Lockdown’. WGS was also selected as the overall Schools/Colleges winner for 2020 due to the number of shortlisted entries in the final.

Alex Frazer, Head of Wolverhampton Grammar School added

“It is wonderful to hear of the achievements and high praise that our students received at the Wolverhampton Young Photographer 2020 competition: we’re incredibly proud of their success. Art is a well-respected and popular subject at the School, and the excellent level of participation in the competition from our students is credit to our talented staff who encourage our students to reach their full potential.”

Students and the public can look forward to a live exhibition of the photographs which is scheduled to take place when restrictions allow. You can view the finalists’ work on Wolverhampton Arts & Culture website:

If you would like to find out more information about our award-winning School, please contact our Admissions team on 01902 422939 or email: