It looks as if an excellent night was enjoyed by all at the Association of Photographers’ 2011 Student Awards ceremony. I’m gutted that I couldn’t make it. 2011 was the 30th anniversary of the competition and the entrants did themselves proud across the four categories – portraiture & lifestyle, fashion & beauty, still life, and landscape, exteriors & interiors.
Overall winner was Squiz Hamilton from the University of Middlesex, for his series in the fashion & beauty category. His photos were the judges’ unanimous choice for their unique quality and sensitivity to detail. He’s walked away with six mentoring sessions from judge Miranda Gavin and £250-worth of Fjifilm products thanks to Calumet.
Merit prizes went to Sonya Hurtado (still life) and Luke Smith (portraiture & lifestyle). There were judges’ choice prizes for Rachael Lowndes (portraiture & lifestyle, single), Nina Hove (portraiture & lifestyle, series), Marianne McGurk (fashion & beauty, single), Sarah Brimley (fashion & beauty, series), and Sarah Jackson (still life, series).
If you can get the AoP in Shoreditch, drop in to take a look at the exhibition. If you can’t, you can take a look at the images here.
The AoP Student Awards exhibition runs until 8 April 2011 at the AoP Gallery, 81 Leonard St., London, EC2A 4QS.