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ICI Imagedata announce Student Digital Photographer of the year

ICI Imagedata announce Student Digital Photographer of the year - At a prestigious awards ceremony at ICI's headquarters in London, ICI Imagedata presented the results of its inaugural digital photographic competition for students, along with a first prize of 2,000 and 500 worth of OImec products for the winning college.

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ICI Imagedata presents cash prizes of 3,000 to winning students at Images for life Student Digital Photographer of the Year Awards

At a prestigious awards ceremony at ICI's headquarters in London, ICI Imagedata presented the results of its inaugural digital photographic competition for students, along with a first prize of 2,000 and 500 worth of Olmec products for the winning college.

The Competition, which was open to anyone studying photography as part of a college or university course, generated over a thousand entries from students throughout the UK and Ireland into three categories - STREET LIFE, NIGHT LIFE and STILL LIFE - plus a SPECIAL AWARD for the most creative use of image manipulation. The judging panel included award winning photographers Richard Mildenhall and Nick Lewin, Roger Maile, Editor of Digital Photo Art, and Ken Dowling, Managing Director of ICI Imagedata.

Ken Dowling was delighted with the quality and quantity of the entries received received, congratulating both the students and their tutors for taking part. He explained the company's reason for establishing the awards.

"Since the digital photographic market has exploded in recent years, ICI Imagedata has invested heavily in the professional photographic market. However, we also recognise that today's photographic students will have a major impact on the future shape of digital imaging and are critical to the successful development and marketing of products, such as our OImeCTm range. This competition reflects our commitment to support and encourage students in the creative use of digital photography"

On the Awards evening, four shortlisted images in each category were displayed to guests prior to the results being announced in a formal presentation. Each category winner received 250 in cash, a framed certificate and a quantity of OImec papers. Shortlisted entrants received a certificate of commendation. The overall winner received an additional cash prize of 2,000

STREET LIFE CATEGORY

WINNER - Alan Gorman for 'Roadworks'
Alan Gorman is a photographic student at Reid Kerr College, Paisley. `Roadworks' is a colour/mono image of men working in the street.

ICI Imagedata announce Student Digital Photographer of the year

Judges comments on his winning photograph included.
" A challenging and intriguing image with unusual composition."
"Subtle use of mono and colour. "
"Well-lit and technically sound. "
"Confident use of the lens."
Other shortlisted candidates were James McDonald (Reid Kerr College), Lucy Ray (Sheffield College) and Rich Wiles (Hull College School of Art & Design).

NIGHT LIFE CATEGORY WINNER -Sue Lily Meures for `Life for Images'
German born Sue Lily Meures, 25, is a third year student of photography and media arts at Thames Valley University. 'Life for Images' is a city street scene people with unusual characters.

ICI Imagedata announce Student Digital Photographer of the year

Judges comments on her winning photograph included.
"A creative concept."
"Technically competent with use of mirror image."
"Well choreographed." .
Other shortlisted candidates were George Cornwell (Central St Martins), Liz Hall
(Newcastle College) and Illka Karhu (Blackpool & the Fylde College).
2 PR96 Award Winners - Approved 3.12.2002

STILL LIFE CATEGORY WINNER - John Wilson for `Vase'
John Wilson, 28, is a final year student at Blackpool & the Fylde College.

ICI Imagedata announce Student Digital Photographer of the year

Judges comments on his winning photograph included.
"Simple and sophisticated."
'Skilled, very well lit and technically controlled. "
"Very commercial image."
Other shortlisted candidates were Monica Gomez Blanco (Central St Martins), Rebecca Hunt (Norwich School of Art & Design) and Taemur Moazzam (Newcastle College.

SPECIAL AWARD FOR CREATIVE IMAGE MANIPULATION
WINNER - Mario Gonzalez for `Secrets'

ICI Imagedata announce Student Digital Photographer of the year

Mario Gonzalez, 27, is studying for a BA (hons) in Fashion Photography at the London College of Fashion. `Secrets' is an image of a young women with an unnatural reflection.
Judges comments on the winning photograph.
"Good concept showing a variation on a theme."
"Technically well-executed."
'Strong image quality in the portrait augmented in the manipulation."
Other shortlisted candidates were Mario Gonzalez for `Sins', Hannah Edwards (University of Gloucester) and Matt Leach (Blackpool & the Fylde College).

ICI Imagedata announce Student Digital Photographer of the yearOVERALL AWARD WINNER Mario Gonzalez
The overall winner, Mario Gonzalez, was presented with an additional cash prize of 2,000 for his striking portrait which won the Creative Image Manipulation Category.

Mario was born in Oviedo, Spain. After studying Medicine at the University he decided to move to England and make the most of his long lasting passion for photography by joining a degree course at the London Institute. He would love to work in publicity imaging when graduated.

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