A University of Leeds student has been named among the finalists in an international photography exhibition.
Viktors Katilis from the University of Leeds has been selected as a finalist in the Hotel Indigo student programme in partnership with World Photography Organisation (WPO).
Viktors is currently in his first year at Leeds University studying for a Masters in Cinema and Photography and is one of eight finalists from the UK who was selected by his lecturer after being acknowledged for his artistic talent.
As part of his entry, Viktors used his signature style of taking a free-form approach and used the cosy atmosphere of Newcastle city centre as his inspiration for the project.
He said: “Right outside the hotel you encounter very sophisticated Assembly Halls, which counter the warm and welcoming neighbourhoods of Grainger Town.
“Although many things did not go as planned in the shooting process, I am very happy with the photographs and I really enjoyed working on the Arcade, Tyneside Opera House and the many pigeons that habitate on the rooftops.”
The winner will be announced on November 26 and will be rewarded with a paid commission to shoot the Neighbourhood Story for the newest Hotel Indigo to open in Europe in 2014.
Tom Rowntree, vice president brand management luxury & upscale brands, Europe, IHG said: “The Hotel Indigo student programme in partnership with the World Photography Organisation is set to change the future of some of the UK’s brightest talents. The work we’ve seen already from our eight finalists has been spectacular and boldly depicts the essence of Hotel Indigo, which is to present the hotel as a valuable and contributing part of its neighbourhood. It has been an honour to see our hotels working in partnership with the country’s up and coming photographers. It will be a challenge selecting the commission winner.”