Published: 8 October 2018

Christmas card competition open

1st prize - Dr Blanca Perez Sepulveda

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Janet Beer, has launched a competition to design a University Christmas card.

The competition is open to students and staff. The winner will receive £120 in book tokens, with second and third place entrants receiving £60 and £30 tokens respectively.

The winning design will be used for this year’s Christmas card sent by the Vice Chancellor and the Senior Management Team.

Submissions can include photographs, paintings, drawings or digital design, and should offer perspectives about what makes Liverpool a unique place to live, work or study. The winners will be announced at the beginning of December.

Last year’s winner was Postdoctoral Research Associate from the Institute of Integrative Biology, Dr Blanca Perez Sepulveda, who won the top prize with her creative design using a petri dish and caption about the University’s legacy in research in infectious disease (image above).

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

Second place was awarded to Rebecca Lim, a first year Law student for her eclectic and unique design of crests, postage stamps and the superlambanana, which celebrated both the university and its place in the city (image left).

Two entries were awarded joint third place. Faculty Librarian, Carole Rhodes from the Harold Cohen Library was awarded third place for her photograph of the Victoria Gallery Museum amid Christmas Tree lights (image below).

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

3rd place - Carole Rhodes

Commenting on the competition, Professor Janet Beer said: “The standard of Christmas card designs we have received over the last few years has been extremely high and it has been 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. I am really looking forward to seeing this year’s entries and being able to show off the creativity of our students and staff when the cards are sent out. All are welcome to take part and show us what they think makes our University so special.”

3rd place - Oguzhan Der

The competition is open until Friday, 2 November 2018. Entries can be emailed to or delivered to the Vice-Chancellor’s office in the Foundation Building on campus (Building 765 on Campus Map).


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