By VINCENT WOOD
The yearly display of bare-faced cheek sees the top university’s best and brightest pose in front of the city’s landmarks without a shred of sub fusc to cover their modesty.
And this year 10 students braved the cold winds of Autumn to receive a place in the prestigious final of the competition, which now goes to a public vote.
Some of the young academics chose to pose in front of university architecture – including English student Roger, who stripped down in front of Senate House, and Natural Sciences student Angelica, who looked over Cambridge’s oldest bridge outside Clare College for her snap.
Others chose to take to the historic streets of the city, with Classics student Clive baring all on the cobbled road of Green Street and Medicine student Leonard presenting himself to the ominous corpus clock.
However some opted to take in the natural scenery which has inspired the works of Wordsworth, Faulks and James.
Land Economy student Virginia posed in a lofty tree overlooking the scenery without a leaf to cover her modesty, while History student Dora surveyed the river Cam, standing alongside her bicycle.
And History of Art student Vanessa stood before the university rugby field in an aesthetically minded black and white snap.
Each picture is accompanied by a fittingly highbrow description of the scene portrayed by the residents of the university’s hallowed halls.
A picture of Vita, a Law student who posed in the nude among autumnal leaves, is captioned: “Endeavouring to divine the metaphysical and remedial qualities of foliage, Vita perseveres in the face of ennui, resolute in her pursuit to resolve the fleeting existential crises which arise in the weeks of cross-seasonal uncertainty.”
Meanwhile a photo of Architecture student Duncan is accompanied by the text: “Jaded and fatigued by the pervasive penchant for grandiloquence, Duncan favours the simple appeal of the puritanical ascetic over that of the much-adorned Baroque aesthetic, propounding his adoration for the functional when questioned about his forthcoming objectives in the field of civil engineering.”
Ahead of the selection process student publication The Tab, which runs the competition, said: “We love every type of tush – all shapes and sizes will be celebrated this year.
They added: “At the end of the day, bums are just bums.
“All bums are beautiful and we at The Tab want to celebrate that.”