Published: 5 December 2017

2017 Christmas card competition winners announced

1st prize - Dr Blanca Perez Sepulveda

A Postdoctoral Research Associate from the Institute of Integrative Biology has scooped the top prize in the University’s annual Christmas card design competition.

Dr Blanca Perez Sepulveda won the top prize of £100 in book tokens with her creative design using a petri dish and caption about the University’s legacy in research in infectious disease (image left).

First place

The card will have the following caption:

Detection of Salmonella on agar plate. In loving memory of all tremendous Liverpudlian microbiologists, in particular Prof Anthony Hart (University of Liverpool) whose pioneering work on infectious diseases in developing countries, especially children, was key for surveillance and the stepping stone for our research. In the age of next-generation sequencing, we still rely on traditional microbiology techniques in the hope of allowing children of the world to celebrate a merry Christmas free from infectious disease.

2nd place - Rebecca Lim

The competition was launched by Vice-Chancellor, Professor Janet Beer, and received a variety of submissions, from photographs, paintings and drawings to digital designs. When creating their entries, students and staff were invited to offer designs inspired by the University’s history.

Blanca’s design will be used by the Vice-Chancellor as her Christmas card this year.

Second place 


Second place was awarded to Rebecca Lim, a first year Law student.

The panel were impressed by Rebecca’s eclectic and unique design of crests, postage stamps and the superlambanana, which celebrated both the university and its place in the city. She will receive £50 in book tokens and her card will be used as an Alumni and Institutional Christmas Card (image above).

Joint third place


Two entries were awarded joint third place.

3rd place - Carole Rhodes

Faculty Librarian, Carole Rhodes from the Harold Cohen Library was awarded third place for her entry, a photo of the Victoria Gallery Museum amid Christmas Tree lights (image left).

Joint third place was also awarded to Oguzhan Der, a PhD student at the School of Engineering. Oguzhan’s entry is an image of a Christmas tree behind the VGM, produced digitally (image below).

Carole and Oguzhan will receive a £25 book token each. Their cards will be sent out from the Senior Management Team.

3rd place - Oguzhan Der

Professor Janet Beer said: “The standard of Christmas card designs we received was extremely high and it was wonderful to see such a wide variety of methods and techniques. It gets harder and harder to pick the winning entries every year.

“Each card showcases the history and heritage of the University. We are very much looking forward to sharing the cards with our stakeholders this Christmas.”

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2 thoughts on “2017 Christmas card competition winners announced

  1. L.DaVinci

    First place to that.. you’re having a laugh!! Was this designed by the “artist” or the bacteria???Honestly, I’ve seen better designs from pre_school children.I think the judging panel must have truly been enjoying the Christmas spirit when judging that.

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