The winning image by Jade Danielle Smith
Southampton Solent University student Jade Danielle Smith has been named as the first winner of the New Year in a fresh twist to the Fujifilm Student Awards.
Jade's image, a self-portrait laying amongst shadows, impressed judges with its beautiful tone and use of natural light. Together with her entry, Jade provided a commentary that caught the eye of the judges, forcing viewers to question what 'colour' 'means to them.
She explains: "If someone asked me what my favourite colour was, I would probably say black. Only then, with their puzzled looks would I return with their response 'Well, isn't every 'colour' a 'colour'?' What I ask is to question the definition of colour."
She continues: "Colour to me is where the light falls; without light you would have no colour, in colour this reflectance of light is where colour is more specifically important than just a block of colour. It is here where I considered the idea of what 'colourful' is to me and so in my self-portrait I purposely positioned my body in the direction of where the light falls. Only in that light would then the colour be distinguished between light and dark, present and hidden and so creating a 'colourful' portrait of myself."
On how she took her image, she said: "Using Fujifilm's Superia 800 film, I placed my Canon AE-1 with a 50mm lens and positioned it on a tripod with a ten second timer and naturally placed myself into the direction of where I wanted the light to fall."
Organisers have added to this year's prizes by introducing a monthly award to the image deemed 'Curators Choice' by the judges. Each monthly prize winner will feature in a London exhibition to be held in summer 2013. They will also be presented with a 12" x 16" professionally produced print of their winning image by Metroprint (sponsors of the Awards) as well as receiving 10 rolls of Fujifilm film.
Creative Director for Metroprint, Steve Macleod made this comment: "On one level a very simple composition set in a classic style, yet the light and the texture draw me into the work. I also like the narrative question attached."
This year's Award is run in conjunction with ChooseFilm.com, the online community dedicated to film photography and Metroprint, the online arm of Metro Imaging, the respected London pro lab.
The awards are now open to all students in the UK, not just those undertaking courses involving photography. This decision was taken following several requests from students who are keen photographers but not actually studying photography.
The theme for this year's Award is 'The Colour Of....' with students being briefed to capture an image that illustrates how colour lights up their world. All images must be taken on Fujifilm Professional film and submitted via www.fujifilmstudentawards.co.uk - entry is free and students can enter as many photographs as they wish.
In addition to being named Fujifilm Student Photographer of the Year 2013 the winner will feature in a London exhibition to be held in summer 2013, receive a professionally produced folio of prints and a one-to-one printing/consultancy session with one of Metroprint's top printers and also £200 worth of film from Fujifilm. The college or university that submits the most entries will win £200 worth of Fujifilm Professional film. 2013 marks the 28th anniversary of the competition, making it the longest running and most prestigious student photography awards in the UK. The closing date for the competition is the 29th April 2013.
For further details and examples of previous winners, go to the Fujifilm Student Awards website