[Photo credit: Oliver Henderson]

Commenting on his winning shot, Oliver said: ‘I feel very proud and thankful to the people who have helped me achieve this, like the tutors at Edinburgh College who constantly push me to realise my potential – although I feel I still have far to go…

‘I loved the idea of aliens spotting this beautiful girl and wanting to try to get close to her in the only way aliens can – it’s a kind of weird thought process but there you go!

‘I would again like to thank Calumet Photographic for having faith in me too.’

Jon Warner, managing director of Calumet Photographic UK, said: ‘It was extremely difficult to pick a winner as the quality of entries was very high, but we felt that Oliver’s image not only employed a high degree of technical merit, it is also an image of great impact, creativity and style.

‘The use of light, composition and story-telling really sets it apart from some very worthy runners-up.’

Runners-up in the £11,000 contest were named as: Maria Karpova, University of the Arts London; Sioned Evans, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David; Joe Till, Walsall College; Monty Cholmeley, Oundle School; Katarzyna Janicka-Wojtowicz, City of Glasgow College; Leva Vaitkuviene, London College of Contemporary Arts; Jolanta Ziarnik, West College Scotland; Thomas Craner-Buckley, University of the West of England; and Jack Visser, West Lothian College.