Photography student shortlisted in 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Ruby Gaunt, BA (Hons) Photography student at Nottingham Trent University, has been shortlisted for the Student Focus competition at this year’s Sony World Photography Awards.

Ruby Gaunt, BA (Hons) Photography student at Nottingham Trent University, has been shortlisted for the Student Focus competition at this year’s Sony World Photography Awards. 2017 sees the 10th anniversary of the world’s largest photography competition, which annually recognises and rewards the very best contemporary photography on a global scale.

Ruby’s shortlisted image, ‘The Valley’, was selected from entries submitted by students from over 300 institutions across the world. It is one of ten images shortlisted by a panel of esteemed judges looking for the best single image answering the brief ‘Memories’.

On being shortlisted, Ruby said: “I feel incredibly privileged to be considered as someone who could be worthy of this award. It feels incredible to be recognised, and it is so encouraging for me to go on making images and being able to feel that there is a potential in my work. It has motivated me a lot, and given me the confidence and belief that I can be successful.”

As a shortlisted photographer, Ruby has been given an esteemed Sony a7 camera,  to complete a second challenge set by the judges. The winner of the Student Photographer of the Year title will be announced on Thursday 20 April in London, and they will receive the grand prize of €30,000 worth of Sony equipment for their respective university. The winning works will also be exhibited at London's impressive Somerset House from 21st April to 7th May 2017. 

Jo Booth, lecturer on the BA (Hons) Photography course at NTU, said: “We are delighted with Ruby’s success in being shortlisted for this award, which undoubtedly will give her confidence and career a tremendous boost. Ruby is a talented student with a clear eye for detail and an enviable ability to communicate effectively via her impactful photographs. We recognise her aptitude with lighting, her use of colour and skills with composition, and we are proud to have been able to work with Ruby during her time at NTU.”

She continued: “Ruby has all the determination, flair and commitment required to ensure a long and successful career within photography. NTU is also delighted to be associated with the World Photography Organisation via Student Focus, as we recognise its importance in the ongoing development and support of photographic talent around the world.”

Scott Gray, CEO, World Photography Organisation, commented: “The Student Focus competition is an integral part to the Awards program as it aims to uncover young, fresh photographic talent and works to propel them forward in their career.”

 

Photography student shortlisted in 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Published on 7 March 2017
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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