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ICI Imagedata announce Award winners

ICI Imagedata announce Award winners - Olmec Student Digital Photographer of the Year Awards 2004 announced

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The winners of the Olmec Student Digital Photographer of the Year were presented with their awards at a prestigious ceremony at ICI’s headquarters in London.

Launched three years ago by ICI Imagedata, the competition is open to students studying photography as part of a college or university course. As one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of digital imaging products – including the Olmec range of photo inkjet papers – ICI Imagedata was keen to encourage and reward up and coming photographic talent, as well as promoting digital imaging.

The competition once again attracted a large number of entries from over 100 different colleges, including many striking and imaginative images. This year there were two new Award Categories – FASHION and REPORTAGE – in addition to PEOPLE, PLACES and STILL LIFE, as well as a special award for DIGITAL MANIPULATION.

ICI Imagedata announce Award winners

ICI Imagedata announce Award winnersTHE WINNERS
The overall winner of the 2004 Olmec Student Digital Photographer Competition was Elaine Ryan, a third year student at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology – also the winning college in 2003.

Category Winners were:

PEOPLE – Elaine Ryan, Dun Laoghaire
PLACES – Malcolm Menzies, Edinburgh
STILL LIFE - Edward Cowling, Falmouth
FASHION – Richard Wright, Sandwell
REPORTAGE – Sarah Willoughby, Hull
DIGITAL MANIPULATION – Beverley Hyslop, Reid Kerr

Over £3,000 in Cash plus photographic accessories
All Category Winners were awarded with £250 cash plus a selection of photographic accessories including Lowepro Compu Trekker bags and Manfrotto tripods.
The overall winner was presented with an additional £2,000 cash plus tripod and lighting equipment from Paterson Photographic – UK distributor of the Olmec range of photo papers.
The winning college was presented with £500 worth of Olmec imaging products.
Permanent Showcase – BAA Gallery, Heathrow

In a recent development, hundreds of images from the Olmec Student Competition are being showcased in a unique gallery at Heathrow Terminal 2.

Thanks to a collaboration between BAA and ICI Imagedata, the gallery is promoting new talent and creating a stimulating, attractive environment for departing passengers.

The Judging Panel for the 2004 Awards comprised Simon Bainbridge, Editor of British Journal of Photography, Richard Mildenhall, Award-winning Photographer and Ken Dowling, Managing Director of ICI Imagedata.

Ken Dowling was delighted with the quality and quantity of the entries received.

He said “This competition was launched to promote creative photography and it is encouraging to see the quality of work being produced by colleges and universities throughout the UK and Ireland.

Once again, we have seen those establishments with a photographic reputation come to the fore. Students from colleges such as Reid Kerr, Hull and Newcastle, for example, have produced more than one commended image from the large number of overall entries, and Dun Laoghaire Institute – and photographic lecturer Daniel DeChenu – has produced the overall winner for the second year running.”

ICI Imagedata announce Award winnersOVERALL AWARD WINNER – ‘The Beginner Housewife’

Elaine Ryan, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology

Winner of the People Category, Elaine Ryan was awarded the overall prize for her image ‘The Beginner Housewife. The judges were impressed with the portrait’s sophistication, use of colour and the way it captures a moment in time with an air of mystery.

Elaine, who is a third year degree student (BA Photography), shot the image on a Hasselblad camera. She said “My portrait is looking at the isolation of old age, reflecting loneliness and inevitable death. It shows an old housewife whose work is now done.”
Elaine, who aims to become a professional photographer, was delighted with her award. Her tutor, Daniel DeChenu, was also thrilled to be the winning tutor for the second year running. Last year, his student Daniel White was the overall winner.

The People Category was sponsored by Paterson Ltd – suppliers of quality photographic accessories and UK Distributor for the Olmec range of photo quality papers.

WINNER – ‘The Beginner Housewife’
Elaine Ryan, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology


‘Girl in Hood’
Student: Adam Akins
College: Newcastle College
Course: Foundation Degree in Photographic Practice

Student: Niamh Russell-Conway
College: Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology
Course: BA Photography
Camera: Hasselblad

‘Sunday at the Beach’
Student: Mark Scott
College: Reid Kerr College
Course: HNC Photography


WINNER – ‘Isle of Iona Dreamscape’
Malcolm Menzies, Edinburgh College of Art Malcolm Menzies is a third year student (BA Photography). The judges felt that the image was accomplished, well considered and showed a sense of drama. Malcolm shot the image on a Olympus E-10 camera. He said “I wanted to create a dreamlike image – a place to get lost in that you can bring your own meaning and emotion to.” Malcolm’s ambition is to become a freelance commercial photographer.


Student: Emma Thomas
College: University of Lincoln
Course: BA (Hons) Contemporary Lens Media
Camera: Praktica K1000

Student: David Bell
College: Newcastle College
Course: Foundation Degree in Photographic Practice

‘Roman Dive’
Student: Robert Whitworth
College: Norwich School of Art & Design
Course: BA Graphic Design
Camera: Nikon F90


WINNER – ‘Embryo’
Edward Cowling, Falmouth College of Arts
Edward Cowling is a third year student on the BA (Hons) Photography course. The Judges liked this unusual still life that was not only a technically skillful, well choreographed shot but imparted depth and meaning through clever use of symbolism. Edward shot the image on a Hasselblad camera. He says “I wanted to evoke the beginning of a journey.” Edward’s aim is to make a sustainable living from his art.


‘Light Switch’
Student: Adam Akins
College: Newcastle College
Course: Foundation Degree in Photographic Practice

‘Knife & Fish’
Student: Helen Rice
College: Newcastle College
Course: Foundation Degree in Photographic Practice

‘Barbados Gold Rum’
Student: Gayle Seale
College: Reading College
Course: HND Photography & Digital Imaging


WINNER – ‘Green Shoes’
Richard Wright, Sandwell
The judges selected this well crafted image for its excellent use of strong graphic and muted colours and the juxtaposition of the animate and inanimate form.


‘Post Punk’
Student: Laura Clinton
College: Stoke on Trent College
Course: HND Media, Design & Photography
Camera: Canon E10

‘Zipped Up’
Student: Patty Neu
College: Thames Valley University
Course: Photography & Digital Imaging

‘By the Side of the Bride’
Student: Malin Widstrand
College: Stevenson College, Edinburgh
Course: Advanced Diploma Photography
Camera: Canon 10D


Like Fashion, a new category this year added in response to feedback from students and tutors.

WINNER – ‘Toy Guns’
Sarah Willoughby, Hull College


‘Sweet Sleep’
Student: Evdokia Tsiligaridou
College: Napier University
Course: Photography, Film & Imaging
Camera: Nikon F80

‘St Patrick’s Day - Paddy’s People’
Student: Garvan Gallagher
College: Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology
Course: BA Photography

Student: Janna Dixon
College: Norton College, Sheffield
Course: NCTJ Press Photography
Camera: Nikon D2H


WINNER – ‘Jelly Fish’
Beverley Hyslop, Reid Kerr College The judges commented on the strong image quality augmented by the digital manipulation.


Student: Sophie Checkley
College: Sheffield College
Course: NCTJ Photo Journalism/Press Photography
Camera: Nikon F80

Student: Karl Smith
College: Hull College
Course: Foundation Degree in Lens-based Photo Media
Camera: Mamiya 645 1000S

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