University of Westminster launches 6th annual WESTPHOTO photography prize
|‘Looking into the mist, Fort William’
Photographed by Pedro Guimaraes, copyright © Pedro Guimaraes
2012-11-09 16:56:23 - Winners of the University of Westminster’s 6th annual WESTPHOTO photography prize will be announced at a private viewing on Wednesday 5 December 2012 at the Ambika P3 Gallery, the University’s contemporary art and architecture space, in central London.
Now in its sixth year, this year WESTPHOTO invited students and alumni from the University of Ulster, Edinburgh Napier University and University of Wales Newport to take part in the competition. This year’s theme is titled ‘State of the Nation’ and it is focused on depicting the current state of affairs and explores the development and progression of our world.
Established in 2007, WESTPHOTO is a picture agency, library, and provider of a full range of professional photographic services which is run by students from the Photography Department at the University of Westminster, one of Europe’s leading schools of photography which offers a diverse and wide range of photographic courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. The photography prize was set up in 2007 to celebrate the high quality of critical work produced by young and emerging photographic artists.
Acclaimed professionals from the British Journal of Photography, The Photographers Gallery and Simon Roberts, an internationally recognised British photographer, are among the judges who will be selecting three winners for the single image category and project work category. The judges will also choose twenty shortlisted photographers whose works will be exhibited in London, Belfast, Newport and Edinburgh. Apart from being exhibited, the winners will receive prizes sponsored by Manfrotto, Moo Cards, Bob Books, ONIMAGE and Epson.
Andre Pinkowski, Director of WESTPHOTO and Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of Westminster, said: “Our annual photography prize presents a huge opportunity for emerging photographers to showcase their works in front of some of the industry’s top experts and critics. This year’s competition see’s students and alumni from the universities exhibiting their best work in what is set to be a remarkable mix of stories, experiences and raw talent.”
The ‘State of the Nation’ winners will be announced at a private viewing on Wednesday 5 December 2012 from 6pm.
For further information please visit www.state-of-the-nation.co.uk and www.westphoto.co.uk/competition.
Press preview tickets - Tickets for the private view to the exhibition and award ceremony as well as requests to reproduce images should be made to: Westminster@broadgatemainland.com
WESTPHOTO photography prize
University of Westminster
35 Marylebone Road
London NW1 5LS
PRIVATE VIEW and AWARD CEREMONY
Wednesday 5 December 2012 from 5pm
Thursday 5 December until Sunday 9 December from 11am to 6pm
Further exhibitions will take place in Belfast, Newport and Edinburgh – dates to be confirmed
For media passes and further information on the prize please contact:
Sarah Evans-Toyne, Lianne Robinson or Chiara Barreca
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7726 6111
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