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Philipe, from the London College of Printing, has been chosen as the UK entry in Hewlett-Packard's pan European search for the best emerging talent in digital photography. The HP Invision Digital Photography Awards 2001 will showcase the creative work of top photography students selected from eleven participating countries. The competition will be judged by renowned photographer Platon, who was a student in 1992 when he won British Vogue's 'Best Up-and-Coming Photographer' award.

The 24 year old London photography student is studying for a BA (Hons) Degree, and will produce four images for each of three competition categories: My City, Inspiration and Buy Me!.

'Digital imaging is the photography form of the future and as a world leader in this technology, HP is in a unique position to provide digital imaging enthusiasts with a complete range of the most technologically advanced, high-quality products and services,' said Shabnum Rajput, image capture manager for HP UK.

'Recognising the huge impact that digital technology will have in the photography market, the HP Invision Digital Photography Awards aims to encourage new talent, winning the creative imagination of tomorrow's image makers.'

All participants and their colleges or universities have been provided with digital imaging equipment from HP, including Philipe who has received a complete HP digital photography solution worth over 4000 with which to carry out his project. The kit comprises a HP Photosmart C912 camera, Scanjet 5370, Omnibook 6000 PC with CD-RW module and Photosmart P1218 printer.   

Judging will take place online in April 2000. The winner will receive a cash prize of 3500, the title of HP Invision Digital Photographer of the Year 2001 and a place on the jury for next year's competition. From May 2001 all entries will be displayed at exhibitions around Europe and in a virtual gallery on the competition web site at

Headed by Platon, the panel of judges will be looking for the greatest range of creative talent, imaginative interpretation of the theme and innovative use of technology.  Platon is famous for his work with prominent titles such as Esquire and Vanity Fair, including celebrity shots of everyone from Bill Clinton to Pamela Anderson. 

Planton - self portrait

'I find digital photography very exciting,' said Platon. ' I love the speed, the instant availability. It's also very individual - you can find your own way to use it, whether you're shooting, retouching, manipulating or printing. Digital technology is here to stay, so use it, be inspired by it, change the way people think about digital photography with your creativity.'

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