Image © Jemma Wilcock
The World Photography Organisation (WPO) and InterContinental Hotels Group's (IHG's) boutique brand, Hotel Indigo, today reveal 24 year old Jemma Willcock as the winner of the inaugural national student photography award designed to unearth the next generation of UK photographic talent.
The competition saw eight Hotel Indigo hotels in the UK paired with local universities and challenged students to create individual photography projects inspired by the hotels’ local neighbourhood. Students from around the country submitted projects with each entry reflecting the local neighbourhood in a unique way, from iconic monuments to self-made creations reflecting the cities’ history.
Jemma Wilcock, who is in her second year of an MA in Photography at Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, beat seven finalist students across the UK with her submission which was influenced by the cotton trading heritage of Liverpool.
The finalists photography will be showcased as part of the World Photography Organisation's Sony World Photography Awards exhibition at Somerset House in May 2014, followed by a tour of the eight Hotel Indigo hotels in the UK at which hotel guests and local residents will be invited to view the students' portfolio of work.
Jemma Wilcock comments: "I am very excited to become a commissioned photographer for Hotel Indigo. The programme has provided a very interesting project for me to take part in and has been a great experience all round to build on in the future. My work is generally characterized as slow and meditative, thoughtful and personal. It is conceptual and intuitive in practice a yet remains tangible, sometimes ambiguous but hopefully never out of reach."
For more information, take a look at the World Photography Organisation website