Technical Stills Awards 2021

Date: 7 Jul 2021

Author: Cassandra Hodgkinson

Once again, we held a Technicial Stills competition, but with a slight difference.

This year we were looking for photographs to represent the work that techncial staff across The Unviersity of Manchester had been involved with over the past year – whether working from home, back on campus, in the field or something in-between.

There were over 50 photographs submitted, and we hope you enjoy the collage of them that we include with this article. They were all sent for judging by Russell Hart.

Russell works for The Unviersity of Manchester as a designer in the Division of Communications, Marketing and Student Recruitment. However, he is also a freelance photographer, who specialises in football, people and events. If you would like to see more of his work, you can visit his website It is his passion and interest in photography that qualified him as the right person to assess the photographs that were submitted.

In 3rd place:

Megan Barker – Research Technician, Department of Earth and Environmental Science (FSE) with the photo “Amanita muscaria – an ectomycorrhizal beauty”.

In 2nd place:

Holly Langridge – Research Technician, Department of Earth and Environmental Science, (FSE) with the photo “Suspended roots wide”.

In 1st place:

Sanjai Patel – Fly Facility Manager (FBMH) with the photo “Sorting fruit flies for gender and phenotype”.

The comment submitted from Russells:

The winning photo is a strong documentative composition and to me represents how staff have continued to perform their field of work despite the unique circumstances of the last year or so, and images such as this will act as an important record for people to look back on in years to come!

Everyone on the TEaM Steering Group is very appreciative for the engagement with this competition, and will look forward to using the entries to produce the TEaM desk calendar for the 2021/22 academic year.