December 26, 2019, by Lisa Chin

A window into the wider world

This post is contributed by Kumbirai Ivyne Mateva, winner of the 2019 Images of Postgraduate Experience photography competition and 3rd year PhD student at the School of Biosciences.  

The desire to communicate has always been one of the most fundamental and highly critical goals of mankind. Not just to communicate but to express oneself with accuracy and clarity is looked upon by all as a remarkable talent. For me, photography is one such way of providing the world with a bird’s eye view, a window into the wider world.

Photography is not merely a hobby. It is a golden opportunity to not only create but to share with the world different perspectives of life and nature. It is a high level method of narrating the finer processes: and in my case – showcasing flora and fauna which would otherwise go unnoticed by many in the fast paced hustle and bustle of urban cosmopolitan life.

This year, my chosen style of photography pays homage to nature and to the hidden unknown structures at play maintaining our existence on this earth. Plant life is a crucial component of our existence and without it, we would cease to exist. Capturing the planting of a seedling provides us with the hope of a meal on our plate. Seeds and plants provide wealth and blessings on earth and they represent a promise to us of success, sustenance and nourishment for tomorrow. The same can be said about our academic, social and personally lives, and so if you want anything, identify its seed and sow it.


Kumbirai was announced as the winner of the Images of Postgraduate Experience photography competition on Wednesday 4 December 2019.

Check out his winning entry below!

Wherever your academic and personal life takes you, grow and bloom with grace.

Read more about the photography competition

Featured image: Kumbirai (right) accepting the award from Deepa Kumari Veerasingam, Head of Graduate School.   

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