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BJP Project Assistance Awards with Nikon

BJP (British Journal of Photography) have selected the eight finalists for their Project Assistance Awards in association with Nikon.

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From Marj Clayton's portfolio
Marj Clayton's portfolio concentrates on young hustlers in the Gambia.

Press Release:
Eight photographers have been shortlisted for this year's Project Assistance Awards, run in partnership between Nikon and BJP.

The eventual winner will receive a bursary of £5000 to shoot or complete a project of his or her own choosing.

Each will meet with this year's independent judge, Clare Grafik from The Photographers' Gallery, to discuss their ideas. They will then be given £300 to develop their proposal, and an overall winner will then be chosen to complete their project in time to present at this year's Vision show, run by BJP in November.

Marj Clayton, who entered a series of images about young street hustlers in the Gambia (BJP 29 August 2007), hopes to continue a project she began in 1993 on the farmers and towns people of northern Ghana. Javier Ternero's proposal involves travelling to the Andes, to continue his study of rural life (21 November 2007). And there's a South American connection to Sam Faulkner's idea (10 October 2007): he aims to complete his longterm project on the cocaine business by following inter-global trafficking routes.

Marj said of being shortlisted: "I am very excited about being one of BJP's eight finalists and feel it is a real accomplishment getting this far. I take photography very seriously and it's nice to a sign back from the someone other than friends or relatives that what I do has purpose."

"By taking time to get to know the families and communities I am documenting as I spend time, as much as possible. This enables me to understand and appreciate what life is like for the people I am with, meaning that my images will hopefully be a truthful representation."

Steve Gittens (18 May 2007) submitted pictures on an American Indian reservation, and he'd like to return to another community, Navajos in Kayenta, affected by uranium mining. Olivia Arthur has travelled the border of Europe and Asia (28 February 2007) and aims to continue her investigation on the lives of the young women who live on either side. Lydia Goldblatt (05 December 2007) entered a coming-of-age series on children performing religious rituals, and hopes to extend that further.

Michael Grieve's series (21 February 2007) is based closer to home; a lyrical study of the people and places involved in the British sex industry. And Greg Parker (04 May, 2007) would travel the furthest distance - from the comfort of his telescope. He aims to capture side-by-side images of deep sky objects, displaying widefield views alongside details of individual constellations.

Each was featured on BJP's back pages last year, and shortlisted from 51 entries published.

The winner is expected to be announced within the next two months. Watch this space.

More information about the awards can be found at the BJP website.


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