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Welsh Student Shortlisted For Sony WPA

Welsh Student Shortlisted For Sony WPA - A welsh student has been named as a finalist in the Sony World Photography Awards Student Focus category.

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Grandmother on a slot machine
©Aimee Turner, UK, Student Finalist, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards.

A student from the School of Creative Arts at Coleg Sir Gâr in Carmarthen, South Wales has been named as a finalist for the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards Student Focus competition, the world’s largest student photography programme and award.

Aimee Turner, aged 19 and a first year photography student at Coleg Sir Gâr, beat entries from over 230 universities worldwide to be named as one of 10 finalists for the Student Focus award.  She will now compete against the nine other finalists from as far apart as New Zealand to Argentina, to win the overall Student Focus title and €35,000 worth of Sony digital imaging equipment for her college.

Turner’s finalist image, ‘Jackpot’, shows a grandmother at a slot machine and was taken in November 2012.  The photograph was taken in response to an initial brief asking student photographers to capture the spirit of celebration in their country.

Turner commented: “I have been interested in photography from a young age and I love the way it is possible to capture and record a moment of history, life and emotion in the split second it takes to press a button on a camera.

“It is a great honour being chosen as one of ten finalists in the Student Focus competition. I did not expect to get this far in such a widespread competition as I am only in my first year of the multidisciplinary degree in art and design.  I feel privileged that others admire and value my work, and that it is worthy of winning such a fantastic prize.”

Programme Co-ordinator for BA Photography Ian Davies added: “It is fantastic to have a student on the finalist list. We have been following the Student Focus programme at the World Photography Organisation for the last few years and it’s fascinating to see the student activity and concerns from around the world. We are all very excited to be part of it this year.”

Turner’s image will be shown as part of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at the famous Somerset House, London from 26th April – 12th May.  It will also be published in the 2013 edition of the annual Sony World Photography Awards book.

As a finalist, Turner receives a Sony α65 camera and will use it to complete the final brief of the competition to decide the winner.  Each student photographer will shoot a series of 6-10 images, exploring what the word ‘family’ means to them.

The ten finalist for the competition are:
  • Africa – South Africa: Zanele Plaatjie, Vaal University of Technology
  • Asia – Singapore: Eugene Soh, Nanyang Technological University
  • Asia – India: Anshul Mehrotra, Jamia Millia Islamia, Dehli
  • Europe – Belgium: Andrea Azema, École nationale supérieure des arts visuels de La Cambre, Brussels
  • Europe – Poland: Natalia Wiernik, Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, Krakow
  • Europe – Spain: Sarai Rua Fargues, Institut D’Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya, Barcelona
  • Europe – Wales: Aimee Turner, Coleg Sir Gâr, Carmarthen
  • North America – Mexico: Marcelo Sanchez, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey
  • Oceania – New Zealand: Kim Annan, The University of Auckland, Auckland
  • South America – Argentina:  Maria Candelaria Rivera Gadea, Escuela Motivarte, Buenos Aires
All finalists, including Turner, and their professors will be brought to London to find out which school has won the 2013 Student Focus title, which will be revealed at the glamorous Sony World Photography Awards Gala Ceremony on 25th April 2013.

For more information, visit the Sony WPA website.

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