Year 5


Year 5 children used photography to create imagery based upon the subject of ‘energy’, the theme for the 2016 NACE Photographic Competition, open to primary and secondary schools nationally.


“Energy conjures up images of vitality, enthusiasm and sparkle; people dancing, light and dark, discos, competing in sports events, jumping, running and swimming.  Energy is the power to provide heat or light or to work machines – cars, planes, trains, computers, incinerators, hairdryers, ovens and so much more.”

2016 NACE Photographic Competition brief


Using iPads and various forms of light (fairy-lights, battery-powered green, red and blue finger lights, flashing night-lights and torches), the children explored movement to create abstract light and dark patterns to depict energy in a still image.

The final photographs illustrate the varying movements made during the creative process, capturing beautifully the swoops and swirls of light as it travelled through the school building.

Abstract: relating to or denoting art that does not attempt to represent external reality, but rather seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, colours, and textures.