Three of our third year BA (Hons) Photography students have been featured in the prestigious LensCulture Exposure Awards 2016 and Emerging Talent Awards 2016.
The competitions help photographers of all levels gain global recognition and move forward creatively and professionally. In the 2016 awards, LensCulture’s international jury selected six top winners as well as eight jurors’ picks, 25 finalists and five student spotlights.
Awards include a digital gallery exhibition at the International Center of Photography Museum in New York City, $20,000 in grants, opportunities for exposure at over 50 international photography festivals, inclusion in the upcoming photobook, The Best of LensCulture Today: 150 Contemporary Photographers, which will be distributed and sold worldwide and so much more.
We caught up with the students, Sam Lyne, Billie Hoare and Josh Huxham, following their award wins...
Sam Lyne: Winner, LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2016
Sam’s winning series focuses on photography from the historic Bletchley Park estate and museum. A house clearing took place in 2015, alongside the unearthing of thousands of photographic slides documenting trips taken around Europe by two individuals from the 1950s to the 1980s.
Alongside this discovery were a host of artefacts, including letters written during the 40s and 50s that unlocked an intimate photographic narrative.
Sam’s photo series ‘My Dearest Beatrice’ examines a tale of deep love and devotion of two people who met at the height of the war.
"It’s a great privilege to be one of the winners, especially since there were thousands of entries from around the world." — Sam Lyne
The images document the artist’s Great Aunt and wife of the original photographer gazing into distant landscapes. Alongside intimate letters detailing the couple’s time at Bletchley Park, the work seeks both to reveal and maintain confidences, honouring and preserving a delicate love story.
“I submitted ‘My Dearest Beatrice’ to the LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2016 as a way to expose my work to a broader audience. Included in every entry was a portfolio review and I wanted to see what people outside my family and college thought of my work.
“I had to read the email a few times to make sure they’d contacted the right person! It’s a great privilege to be one of the winners, especially since there were thousands of entries from around the world.
“Seeing my coursemates’ work, I feel we all deserve to be showcased. There are so many strong ideas and I can see us all working in the industry. I’d like to thank my lecturers past and present for their helpful advice.”
Billie Hoare: Commended, LensCulture Exposure Awards 2016
Billie’s stripped back and abstract imagery in ‘Anemoia’ focuses on the subject of family memories, earning her a commendation in the awards.
“I entered the LensCulture Exposure Awards 2016 because we are always encouraged by our lecturers to enter competitions to gain exposure for our work, so I felt this was the perfect opportunity for me.
“I feel very grateful for the opportunities and facilities college have in order for us to have the freedom to create these projects.” — Billie Hoare
“I entered my project Anemoia which I had exhibited at Studio 102 at the end of my second year and had carried on working on over the summer and into this year.
“After entering the competition I received an email from LensCulture saying they had featured me in the gallery for the competition. LensCulture is very high profiled so to be featured on their page and get that level of exposure is really exciting.
“I feel very grateful for the opportunities and facilities college have in order for us to have the freedom to create these projects.”
Check out Billie’s work on her website: www.billiehoarephotography.com
Josh Huxham: Commended, LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2016
Josh uses found photography and layering in his photo series ‘1954’ which earned him a feature on the LensCulture website and within the Emerging Talent Awards Gallery.
“I decided to enter the LensCulture Emerging Talent Competition 2016 whilst browsing the entries thus far in that particular competition. It inspired me to take a chance and just go for it.
“I decided to enter a body of work which I had begun exploring during the Summer. The collection was not yet finished, but I felt confident enough in its context that I decided to go ahead and enter it as a series of images.
“The results left me feeling excited for what could come next." — Josh Huxham
“I shortly received an email from the LensCulture editors saying that an image from the body of work I submitted had been selected to be featured on the LensCulture website and within the Emerging Talent Awards Gallery.
“The feedback they gave made me feel more positive about the project I had been working on. Whilst studying at the college I have always been encouraged to enter competitions in order to gain more exposure for my artwork.
“The results left me feeling excited for what could come next. LensCulture have now provided me with a free membership to their website, in particular their online portfolio community in which I am able to submit as many projects as I wish.
“This online portfolio profile will allow me to spread my name and my work throughout the LensCulture community. I am also able to communicate with other artists who are also part of their online community.”