Photography News Issue 36

Photography News | Issue 36 |

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Best in show Winners of the AOP Student Awards 2016 break cover… Pro focus There was a definite end of term feeling at The AOP Student Awards 2016presentation evening, and itwasn’t simplybecause most of the student members in attendance had broken up for the summer holidays. It had a lot to do with the announcement of the four winners, by photo duo Amit &Naroop. None of the four winners can have been more overwhelmed than Best in Show winner Jo Cock, whose initial reaction when asked how she felt was simply “shocked”. Recovering herself, the first year Norwich University of the Arts student explained that she’d entered a few competitions since starting her degree, but she was still “stunned to have won”. It was a big night for NorwichUniversity of the Arts as recent graduate Sian Oliver won Best in category, Things. Happily clutching her award, Sian declared it “a bit overwhelming”, and added that she’s now focusing on landing a job in the photography world. Just as pleased were Best in category, Places winner Kieran Cashell and Best in category, People winner Nina Baillie. Another first year, Kieran, who is studying at Bristol City University, said, “I’ve never won an award like this before and am honoured, I was totally surprised when they said my name and completely lost for words.” While recent Bristol graduate, Nina commented, “I feel very appreciative that AOP connected withmy storytelling.” Chatting to the finalists, it’s evident that students rate the AOP Student Awards highly, just as professionals do the AOP Awards. Winner Sian and finalist Chelsi Donaldson hope that their wins will help with their careers. Chelsi said, “it’s the first competitionI’veenteredandmy first exhibition, it’sunbelievable – I’m really lucky.” Hopefully, that luck will continue with them into their professional lives. Written by Lisa Clathworthy

Clockwise fromtop left: The AOP Student Awards 2016 judged by James Eckersley, Paul Hill and Nigel Harniman: Best in category, People, Nina Baillie; Finalist, Diego Brambilla; Best in category, Things, Kieran Cashell; Best in Show, Jo Cock; Best in category, Places, Sian Oliver.

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