Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


NZ Student Wins 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

New Zealand Student Beats Photographers Worldwide In 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Student Focus

University of Auckland student Chloe Riddell has been announced as a finalist for the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Student Focus competition.

The 25 year-old Mt Eden resident secured her place as one of the ten finalists from around the world with an image titled “The Twins”. The image was shot in response to a brief asking for a single image showing “Tomorrow’s News”.

Student Focus is one of the largest international programmes for photography students worldwide. Involving 230 educational institutions, its aim is to support and inspire the future generation of photographers. It provides a professional network of contacts and offers a variety of competitions, tutorials and opportunities to help talented emerging photographers to turn professional. Many of the previous finalists of the Student Focus competition are now working in the photography industry.


Chloe is in her first year of a masters degree at Elam School of Fine Arts. As a finalist she wins the latest full frame camera from Sony – the 7 – which she must now use to fulfil the second brief of the competition: shoot a series of images under the title “Self-portraits”. The judges will then select one overall winner from the finalists, from this work.

Chloe will be flown to London with her tutor Lisa Crowley to attend the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony in London on 30 April.

Talking about her winning photograph Chloe says “The image was taken on a 4x5 large format camera and is from my "Memories Enclosed...Handle with Care" project. I took the picture while visiting my mother and family back in my hometown Hastings, NZ. The twins are my niece and nephew, who I photographed one morning while they were watching TV. “

She continues: “I am very grateful to be a finalist and have the opportunity to go to London. I am looking forward very much to receiving the final brief and seeing what I can do.”

Chloe has been interested in photography since studying darkroom photography in high school. She has always been drawn to images (photographs, movies, magazines) and the way they are able to capture or create moments with great detail and complexity. She hopes to continue taking photos and potentially teach at tertiary level.

At the ceremony in London in April the ten finalists will discover the recipient of the 2014 Student Focus Photographer of the Year title. The grand prize is €35,000 worth of Sony photographic equipment for the winner’s university.


In addition, each finalist will have their “Self-portraits” series shown as part of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London from 1-18 May as well as have their work published in the 2014 edition of the annual Sony World Photography Awards book.

Talking about her student’s success, Lisa Crowley, Senior Lecturer, Elam School of Fine Arts says “Chloe has always been a student of outstanding talent. I am continually impressed by the insight and sensitivity she brings to her view on the world, which I think is clearly demonstrated in her photo that has been selected for the finals for this competition. I am looking forward to seeing how she approaches this second brief on self portraiture, and, to also seeing the work of the other finalists from around the world.”


For more information about the Student Focus programme go to http://www.worldphoto.org/student-focus/

Notes to editors:

• The judging panel included: Rob Taggart, Director of Commercial Photo Operations, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Associated Press (AP); Moni Haworth, Photographer and Anne Bourgeois-Vignon, Creative Content Director of NOWNESS.com.


The ten Student Focus finalists are:
• Argentina – Nadia Navarro, Al Aire
• Bangladesh - Rahul Talukder, Pathshala South Asia Media Institute
• China - Li Dandan, Nanjing University of the Arts
• Denmark – Tor Birk Trads, Danish School of Media
• New Zealand - Chloe Riddell, University of Auckland
• Romania - Sebastian Vacariuc, Babes-Bolyai University
• South Africa – Russell Bruns, Rhodes University
• South Africa – Tara Mette, Stellenbosch Academy of Design & Photography
• United Kingdom – Scarlet Evans, Central St Martins
• USA - Jordan VanSise, Marylhurst University

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

2015: Elton John Plans Wellington Show

After nine years, Elton John and his band will return to Westpac Stadium, Wellington for one spectacular concert! The November 21, 2015 concert will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career... More>>

Book Awards: Jill Trevelyan's Story Of Peter McLeavey Is Book Of The Year

The story of Wellington art dealer Peter McLeavey and his gallery has won the prestigious New Zealand Post Book of the Year 2014 in a glittering ceremony in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: King Richard

Simon Nathan reviews 'Richard Seddon, King of God’s Own': My father grew up in Wellington during Seddon’s premiership... I can recall him standing under the Seddon statue in the grounds of parliament and telling me that Seddon had more backbone than Sid Holland and all his cabinet colleagues put together.. More>>

8 October: Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour Coming To Auckland!

Dainty Group announced today that global superstar Miley Cyrus will bring her BANGERZ TOUR to New Zealand in October this year. This will be Miley’s first ever visit to New Zealand and there will only be one Auckland show before she takes her tour to Australia. More>>

ALSO:

Music: Lorde NZ Tour Confirmed In Four Major Cities!

In what will be her first ever New Zealand headline tour, Frontier Touring and Brent Eccles Entertainment are stoked to bring you four epic shows across the country! The all ages concerts take place late October/ early November in Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Poor Economics

A review of and excerpt from Jonathan Boston and Simon Chapple’s Child Poverty in New Zealand. Review by Marlene Ware. More>>

Head Count: Highest Population Growth Since 2003

The country’s population grew by 67,800 people, or 1.5 percent, in the year to 30 June 2014. This came from natural increase (births minus deaths) of 29,500 and net migration (arrivals minus departures) of 38,300. New Zealand's estimated resident population was 4.51 million at 30 June 2014. More>>

Fun-Enhancement: Research To Ensure Even Game For Less Skilled Players

A University of Canterbury engineering PhD student is researching sports, such as table tennis, to ensure closer games for both better and less skilled players. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news