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EIZO Student Award 2019 Winners Announced

Three of the UK’s most talented up and coming photography students are celebrating after winning EIZO’s national Student Award 2019.

Our annual competition is open to all photography students in higher education across the UK and this year has been the biggest year yet, with involvement from 76 universities across the country and over 300 submissions.

This year’s judges are all world-renowned professional photographers, each providing a very different angle in the judging process: Benedict Redgrove, a lover of innovation and industry, is renowned for his clean, graphic and sophisticated approach to photography. Over the last few years he has been working on an ambitious project for NASA. Catherine Hyland is an esteemed landscape photographer whose impressive large format images centre around people and their connection to the land that they inhabit. Nick Ballón’s work has a strong journalistic perspective with immense attention to detail. His recent projects have focused on his Anglo-Bolivian heritage.

Each of the three judges will provide their chosen winner with a placement at their studios over the coming few months. We’re massively grateful to them for being involved and for taking such careful consideration throughout the judging process – we know that it wasn’t easy!

Jimmy Lee from the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham – selected by Nick Ballón.

‘Another Day in Paradise’ is a unique study of modern Britain in the ‘Brexit era’. Instead of documenting the direct conflict, Jimmy’s work depicts the ideology of British people today, as well as the fantasy of the future.

He commented saying "I selected Jimmy Lee’s, "Another Day in Paradise" because of his strong and original viewpoint on a fractured British society. It's a project in the moment and I think he has set an interesting tone that captures a divided and confused country within his images. His rainbow of lurid colours adds an interesting tension and the unidentifiable people makes me think about where our country is heading and who is making those choices about our direction."

Josh Adam Jones from the University West of England, Bristol – selected by Catherine Hyland.

Josh’s study, XO, concentrates on the relationship between local people and outsiders in Oman’s capital city, Muscat, with an emphasis on human aspects of the Middle East and how people are united by diversity.

Catherine said of Josh’s work “I think Josh has a fantastic eye for tone and colour, that is particularly nuanced. The focus on diaspora is a particularly significant subject matter at this moment in time and something we should all be thinking about. There is a sense of nostalgia to the series that resonates with the viewer and it successfully raises important questions about one’s history and heritage.”

Maia Pavey from Falmouth University – selected by Benedict Redgrove.

Maia’s series ‘Chez Moi, De Loin’, is a collection of mixed media exploring her grandparents’ house in the Calvados region of Normandy which was inhabited by the Nazis in the Second World War. Her images ask the question: what makes a home, and does the history of the house matter?

Benedict commented “Maia’s work is beautifully observed, just really gets inside you and you can hear the sounds, the feel of the place. This one is beautiful.”

The judges were overwhelmed by the quality of the entrants and also commended the work of Elizabeth Carrera and Robert Kiernander, both from Arts University Bournemouth and Beth Grayer from Falmouth University.

Hayley Osborne, Head of Marketing and Communications for EIZO Limited, commented: “We are delighted to announce the winners for our annual Student Photography Award. The standard was exceptionally high this year an there was a wealth of innovative and inspiring submissions.

“We wish Jimmy, Josh and Maia the best of luck on their placements this summer and hope it opens many doors for them. This year is the 3rd year of the EIZO Student Award and we are already looking forward to what next year brings.”

Thank you to all of the students that submitted work. You can view the fantastic shortlisted entries here and keep an eye out for information on the 2020 EIZO Award later this year.

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