The DegreeArt.com Signature Photography Awards
The inaugural DegreeArt.com Signature Photographic Awards were held at the Empire Gallery , Vyner Street London on Thursday 29th May 2008.
25 commended photographers, selected by our panel, from entries of UK student and recent graduate photographers work, exhibited in a group show at the gallery.
Current students and those who have graduated from an art-based university course since 2005 were invited to send only one photograph for consideration.
Each chosen photographer is exhibiting their ‘signature’ photograph which they have mounted or framed for the exhibiton.
Still Life Winner:
University of Brighton, BA Hons Edtorial Photography, 2009
This is a ceramic horse, found at a car boot sale. The image aims to question the importance and value of the action of taking a photograph. Through embodying the subject in a photograph, the image poses the question: does the representation of the subject perhaps hold greater importance than the subject itself?
Edition of: 1, £800
This image is part of a series of work which focuses on British Eccentrics. 'Mauro and Simon' captures the couple and their surroundings and illustrates their tastes and personalities.
Edition of: 10
Documentary and Signature Photography Award Winner:
Central Saint Martins, MA Fine Art, 2007.
'Before the Jump'
This photo is from a series that I made of the East Berlin Swimming Team. For me this particular photo is especially interesting because it captures the tense relationship between the trainer and the diver who is about to jump and because of the tension between the adult patiently watching and the child about to plunge into the deep water, becomes a metaphor for the irreversible process of growing up.
Edition of: 15, £800.
Landscape and Interiors Winner:
University of Huddersfield, BA Hons Contemporary Photography, 2008.
View of an office full of work to be done.
Edition of: 25, £480.
The Judging Panel:
Isobel Beauchamp - Director, DegreeArt.com
Elinor Olisa - Director, DegreeArt.com
Harry Hardie - Luxx Magazine, The Times
Lou Siroy - Travel Photo Editor, The Times
Nick Galvin - Archive Director of Magnum
Chris Hitchcock - Art Director, The Times Magazine, and The Times Luxx
Rachel Rogers - AOP Gallery manager
Joe Upton – Co Curator and Awards Administrator
Anne-Charlotte Mornington - Chelsea College of Art
The DegreeArt.com Signature Photography Award was founded to encourage emerging photographers and recognise the diversity of the art form.
Exhibition runs: 22nd May - 1st June 12-6pm daily
Private View and Award Ceremony: Thursday 29th May 6-9pm
To view photos from the Private View and Award Ceremony click here
To view all exhibitors click here