Fujifilm Professional has announced the winner of its 2009 Student Awards. The winner is Andrew Partner from Leicester College. Andrew wins the coveted title of Fujifilm Student Photographer of the Year plus an amazing 'money can't buy' first prize courtesy of Penguin Books.
Andrew's winning image, which was taken on Fujifilm's FP100C Instant Film, will feature on the cover of the next edition of Rachel Carson's revolutionary work Silent Spring. He also receives £200 worth of Fujifilm Professional film and 25 Penguin Classics titles of his choice.
The Awards, now in its 24th year, is the longest running and most prestigious student photography awards in the UK. This year's brief was to capture the significance of Silent Spring's subject: the human destruction of our environment. All images were taken on Fujifilm Professional film.
The judging panel was made up of Jim Stoddart, Penguin Press Art Director, Adam Freudenheim, Penguin Classics Editor and the Publisher of Foto8 magazine, Jon Levy. Jim Stoddart explained the choice of winner: "When choosing an image for one of our book covers we look for impact, relevance to the title and technical skill. Andrew's winning entry ticks all these boxes. It reminds me of a classic Dutch painting and has a really emotional quality; the black background adds an ominous feeling to the shot that suits Silent Spring perfectly. I'm really excited by our choice and we were all delighted to see how well it worked when reproduced as a mock-up Penguin cover."
The judges were impressed by the general quality of entries, as Jim Stoddart explained: "We saw stark landscapes, some fine examples of staged studio photography, abstract images and classical still-life work. This variety of style and subject perfectly illustrates the diversity and creativity of the UK's photography students."
From the initial 1,500 entries 30 Merit winners were chosen and each of these Merits has received 10 rolls of Fujicolor PRO160S professional colour negative film, a Penguin Classic of their choice and a copy of The Language of Things. Each Merit winner was asked to submit a print for final judging.
Burton College has been presented with £250 worth of Fujifilm Professional film and 100 Penguin Classics titles for its library for being the source of the most entries to the Awards.
Jerry Deeney from Fujifilm Professional commented on the Awards: "Our partnership with Penguin Books means we are able to offer a unique prize to the winner and the chance to grace a Penguin cover obviously excites photography students. I regularly speak to college tutors and they are delighted that Fujifilm actively encourages students to learn how to use film in a creative and artistic way. It is interesting to note that the winning image was shot on FP100C, one of Fujifilm's instant films. FP100C has a unique quality, with a very distinctive saturated colourful look. It has traditionally been used as a proofing film, but we are finding more and more photographers are using instant film for their final image, especially since scanning technology has significantly improved in recent years. Any photographer that has used peel-apart instant film will testify that the final result is very much governed by the temperature and the timing."