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National Media Museum bursary winners

National Media Museum bursary winners - The National Media Museum in partnership with five sponsors has announced the winners of a new programme of Annual Bursary Awards for photographic project

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Press Release: National Media Museum

The Awards have been granted up to a sum of £20,000 and commence this month.

The bursary scheme forms part of the Museum’s ongoing commitment to photography in promoting the work of emerging photographers. The bursaries help talented photographers to produce ongoing projects or a new body of work and provide support for them to develop and enhance their practice and profile.

“The standard of applications has been very high and we are very pleased to be able to award six people in total,” said Greg Hobson, Curator of Photographs at the National Media Museum. “We are also excited to have the commitment of funding partners to continue the bursary scheme in 2008.”

The winners:
Simon Roberts who has been awarded £7,000 for a major UK-based project on the theme of social gatherings. This follows on from his widely acclaimed Motherland project, which documented life in contemporary Russia. Simon’s photojournalism has been widely published throughout the world, including the Sunday Times Magazine, Guardian Weekend, Details, Time, Der Spiegel and Le Monde 2. Among many awards, he won the Sunday Times Magazine Ian Parry Scholarship, a Distinction to the Royal Photographic Society and, in 2007, received the Society's Vic Odden Award. His work has been exhibited worldwide including recent shows at Paris Photo and the Lianzhou Photo Festival in China.

Olivia Arthur who has been awarded £5,000 for a new project about second generation communities in the UK adapting to European culture. Olivia’s photography has been published in publications including The Observer, The Telegraph and The Times. She has photographed extensively in New Dehli and in Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan for her most recent project The Middle Distance documenting the lives of women living on the border between Europe and Asia. She has recently been awarded the 2007 Inge Morath Prize from Magnum Photos.

Trish Morrissey who has been awarded £3,500 for a project on themes surrounding the beach, motherhood and family photography. Trish’s photography has been exhibited at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Gallery of Photography in Dublin. Trish was the Portrait Award Winner in the Elle/Photo 98 awards at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. She is currently the Artist in Residence at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Robin Grierson who has been awarded £1,500 to print an exhibition of 40 photographs. Chris, a graduate of photography from the Royal College of Art (MA Photography with Distinction), has had photographs exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Photographers Gallery London and The National Media Museum (previously the National Museum of Photography). His photography has been featured in the Guardian Weekend and Sunday Telegraph magazines.

Penny Klepuszewska who has been awarded £1,500 to fund research and development for her project Living Arrangements about the effect of changes on contemporary family life on elderly people. Penny won first prize in the 2007 Pilsner Urquell – UK Deeper Perspective Award (London/New York) and the 2006 British Journal of Photography/Nikon Endframe Award (London) among other prizes. Her photography has been exhibited at Tate Britain and Getty Images Library.

Carolyn Lefley who has been awarded £1,500 for the development and production of a portfolio of work on a project themed around the uncanny and nostalgic nature of the doll’s house. Carolyn graduated last year from Thames Valley University with an MA in Photography (Distinction) and was Selected Winner in the Magenta Foundation 2007 Emerging Photographers. She is Visiting Lecturer in Photography at Central St Martins in London.

The sponsors working in partnership with the Museum are Michael G Wilson (Chairman of the Trustees of the National Media Museum), Zelda Cheatle (WMG Photography Advisor and Curator), Simon Crocker (Chairman of The John Kobal Foundation), Philippe Garner (International Head of Photography, Christie’s Auction House) and Terence Pepper (Curator of Photographs, National Portrait Gallery).

Prestigious Nomination for Museum
John Davies The British Landscape, exhibited at the Museum from October 2006 to February 2007, has been nominated for the prestigious Deutsche Borse Photography Prize. The winner will be selected from the shortlist of four and announced on March 8 2008. This is the second time a photographer has been nominated for the prize on the strength of an exhibition at the Museum. Luc Delahaye, winner in 2005, was selected for his exhibition Luc Delahaye - Photographs shown in 2004.


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