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Colliers Green Focus

Colliers International hosted its fourth annual Colliers Green Focus awards ceremony at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in central London on Tuesday 22 November 2011.

Now in its fifth year, Colliers Green Focus is an innovative and exciting way for children taking Key Stage 3 and S1-3 (Scotland) Geography to discover and learn about their environment through photography. The programme aims to reach 300 schools and 18,000 children by the end of the current phase, and this will be achieved by a series of INSET teacher training days and expert workshops.

The newly introduced ‘Mobile’ approach involves geography teachers attending a twilight INSET session at which a professional geographer and photographer provide a step-by-step guide to running their own field-trip. The ‘Compact’ approach is where a professional geographer and photographer visit 10 schools each year, working with the school to run a one-day programme built around a field-trip and in-school workshop.

Commenting on the Colliers International community program, Paul Vockins, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Colliers International said: “Focussing our flagship community programme around the built environment was a natural step for us. By creating Colliers Green Focus, we wanted to encourage young people to develop a sense of place and, through the medium of photography, help them understand our collective impact on the environment.  With the programme entering its fifth year, we are proud of what it has achieved so far and we look forward to it continuing to grow.”

On the field-trip, pupils make use of digital cameras as tools for research, exploration and documentation. They learn about how photography can best be applied within an environmental geography context as well as how to get the most from their cameras. As part of the post field-trip workshop the pupils are expected to add further context to their images by writing about what they have photographed.

Every year, the photos of participating students are entered into a national competition with their work displayed at the annual reception. Awards are presented to the students for the winning photographs. Popular TV adventurer Steve Backshall is the Colliers Green Focus ambassador, and is part of the judging panel for the awards.

Commenting on the program, Steve Backshall said in a video message to the students: “The standard of the photography coming out of this program has been superb. I think it’s so important that people get involved with the environment around them by using their mobile phones. There has never been a time in history where so many people have had cameras available to them, just in their pockets, with the ability to capture the world around them.”

At the awards night shortlisted students from schools across the UK saw their images exhibited at the event and the winners received prizes including a camera and iPad, plus £1,000 of photographic equipment for their school. The winning student in the new MOBILE competition will also be rewarded with a visit from Ambassador Steve Backshall at their school next year.

A full list of this year’s winners and runners up is attached. For more information on Colliers Green Focus, please visit:

VIDEO: About Colliers Green Focus - Length: 4 minutes 45 seconds


COMPACT Winning photo
Forest of Dean by Bryn Clarke
Whitecross School, Lydney, Gloucestershire

MOBILE Winning Photo
Sloane Square, London by Ryan Harding
St. Thomas More Language College, Chelsea