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Young photography award winners announced

6 Mar 2018 10:45AM

Four young aspiring photographers from the region are set to get help from the professionals as winners of the 2018 PhotoEast Young Person’s Fellowship are announced.

Their work will be exhibited alongside global names in the world of photography at the second PhotoEast photography festival in May this year.

Suffolk teenagers Tom Allen, Bilal Bounit and Rose Gant, and Mya Fairweather from Norfolk, were selected from an impressive bank of submissions by art and photography students aged 16-19 from across the region’s colleges and schools.

Their prize is a bespoke professional mentoring programme by photography professionals including Mark Edwards, Associate Professor of Photography at the University of Suffolk and Gillian Allard, Ipswich-based winner of the Sky Arts Master of Photography 2017.They also have the opportunity to do work experience at London photography agency Panos Pictures.

The talented youngsters now have the chance to fulfil their own photographic ambition in response to the 2018 festival theme of Belonging:

  • Rose Gant, St Albans Sixth Form, Ipswich will explore the various looks, fashions and behaviours we adopt in order to fit in, to belong, and the different influences that determine a person’s individual style.
  • Suffolk One media and photography student Bilal Bounit will use photographic triptychs to document people’s homes and examine issues of identity and belonging which emerge from the everyday settings in which we live.
  • Norfolk student, Mya Fairweather from Sprowston Community Academy will challenge herself and her audiences by questioning whether identity can be genuinely perceived from features of the body other than the face.
  • Tom Allen from Kesgrave High School introduces an ecological perspective and will be looking to Oak Tree Farm for his inspiration.  The farm is a unique community where individuals from all backgrounds are given the opportunity to reconnect with nature in a practical and sustainable way.

The Young Person’s Fellowship programme is part of the 2018 PhotoEast Festival which runs from 24 May to 24 June 2018, produced by Framlingham-based arts organisation, PhotoEast in partnership with the University of Suffolk and supported by Arts Council England.

Adrian Evans, director of PhotoEast and Panos Pictures said “We are delighted to be offering another group of talented young artists the opportunity to create and exhibit new work alongside the professionals at this year’s festival.  Encouraging local talent and showcasing the best in contemporary photography is part of our overall aim to put Suffolk on the map for photography. We are excited by their proposals and look forward to supporting them in bringing their ideas to fruition.”

Mark Edwards, Associate Professor and Course Leader for BA (Hons) Photography at the University of Suffolk added “This fellowship offers students the opportunity to work with award winning photographers and practitioners from across the sector. It is always exiting to work with the photographers of tomorrow.”

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