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Park Plaza Leeds announce winners of 'Life through a Yorkshire Lens' competition

Park Plaza Leeds recently teamed up with Leeds College of Art to offer Yorkshire's brightest young photographers the chance to exhibit their work in the contemporary setting of the newly refurbished hotel.

Leeds, 15th March 2012 - Park Plaza Leeds recently teamed up with Leeds College of Art to offer Yorkshire’s brightest young photographers the chance to exhibit their work in the contemporary setting of the newly refurbished hotel. Keen to encourage new talent and to inspire creativity, 78 photographs taken by students from the College’s BA (Hons) Photography degree were shortlisted from hundreds of entries, and the winning 10 photographs which will be displayed permanently in the hotel’s public areas, guest rooms and suites have now been chosen by the public through a social media campaign.

The Park Plaza Leeds hotel is currently undergoing a £2 million refurbishment project which will include redesigned guest rooms, suites, renovated lobby and public areas. The new contemporary look and feel of the hotel will provide a perfect backdrop for the new photography.

‘Life through a Yorkshire Lens’ competition
Over 4000 votes were received for the students’ photography with winners selected from each of the three entry categories: ‘Yorkshire Hospitality’ (the people of Leeds), ‘Icons of Leeds’ (the history, heritage and architecture of Leeds) and ‘Wild Yorkshire’ (the landscapes, fauna, flora and wildlife of Yorkshire).

Rebecca Short received the largest number of votes for her ‘Home for All’ image in the Yorkshire Hospitality category. Other winners include Hannah Morris, with three images from her collection chosen in the Yorkshire Hospitality and Wild Yorkshire categories; Aaron Hargreaves will see his ‘Together’ photograph displayed and Paige Gould’s ‘A Moments Silence’, was also chosen from the Yorkshire Hospitality group.

The final three photographs chosen by the public include ‘Dovestones’ by Maisy Carr in the Wild Yorkshire category; ‘The Electric Press’ by Emily Smith and ‘Kirkgate Market’ by Hannah Slater both in the Icons of Leeds group.

Paul Rogers, General Manager, Park Plaza Leeds comments: “We received some exceptional photography from the Leeds College of Art students who have truly put a fresh perspective on Yorkshire’s landscapes. We wanted to create a true ‘Yorkshire’ feel as part of our refurbishment and the images chosen really do capture the true essence of Leeds and the wider region. I cannot wait now for the official launch event so our guests can see these fantastic pieces of photography for themselves.

As well as having their photographs printed and installed by Park Plaza Leeds and unveiled at a launch event in the summer, the 10 winners will also receive two nights overnight stay in a European Park Plaza Hotel or art’otel of their choice.  

Adrian Davies, Programme Leader at Leeds College of Art comments: “This was a great opportunity for our students to get involved in a specific project, incorporate a brief and capture innovative images which hotel guests will hopefully enjoy. We are delighted to have been asked to take part in the competition and it is a great honour for the students to have their photographs on display at the hotel permanently.”


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