A student from a college in Wales has been crowned the winner of the Nikon Foundation student photography competition and will be working along side celebrity and fashion photographer, John Wright for three months as part of the prize.
The competition received hundreds of entries, from which 10 of the best final year student photographers were shortlisted. The 10 candidates were invited back for an interview with John Wright and members of the judging panel which included Russ O’Connell, Photo Director (Q), Warren Jackson, Art Director (GQ), James Mullinger, Photographic Director (GQ) and James Banfield, Imaging Support and Training Manager (Nikon).
John Wright said: "I was amazed at the high standard of entries and am grateful to everyone for putting in the time and effort to enter, however it was Melissa’s work that really stood out for me. It wasn’t just the high standard of her images but also her appreciation of photography as a business and understanding for the need to promote your work via multiple platforms. I think she will fit well into my team and I hope that I can teach her something valuable."
As well as the three month paid placement with John Wright, Melissa also wins £3000 to put towards living expenses in London and £4000 worth of Nikon professional equipment.
Jeremy Gilbert said: "The competition was a great success and we’re delighted to be working with John to offer such a fantastic prize. We hope Melissa makes the most of the opportunity and absorb as much as she can with John whilst continuing to shoot fantastic images with her new Nikon equipment!"
You can view Melissa's portfolio here: Nikon Foundation