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UCOL photographers shoot to the top

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Thursday 8 August 2013

UCOL photographers shoot to the top

UCOL photography lecturer Kaye Davis has set an inspiring example for her students at this year’s Epson / NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards.

Kaye was named 2013 NZ Professional Photographer of the Year and Creative Photographer of the Year at the prestigious event.

To top it off she was awarded the highest distinction of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography, the title of Grand Master. She is only one of four New Zealanders to hold the Grand Master accolade.

This year’s competition was particularly hard fought and saw the highest number of entries in the NZIPP’s 75 year history.

The Student Assistant of the Year title was awarded to third year UCOL Bachelor of Applied Visual Imaging student Amy Fowler. It is the 11th time in the last 12 years that a UCOL student has claimed the student title. Amy’s partner and UCOL Diploma in Photographic Imaging graduate Kelvin Gilbert won the Illustrative Photographer of the Year.

Industry and Institute awards were conferred at a Gala Dinner on Monday night.

Entries by 40 students from UCOL’s Bachelor of Applied Visual Imaging (BAVI) and Diploma Photographic Imaging programmes were judged in the student category of the Epson / NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards.

They came away with two Gold, two Silver with Distinction, nine Silver and 20 Bronze medals.  The competition was held two months earlier than in previous years so the students were under immense pressure to present entries of a high standard and meet a tight deadline. 

UCOL photography lecturer Ian Rotherham says UCOL is very proud of the success of its students and staff. “In each category we were directly up against professional photographers – many of national and international acclaim.”

UCOL lecturer Anna Glasgow claimed the Creative Photographer of the Year title, was a finalist in the Landscape category and gained her NZIPP Fellowship.

Other staff members worthy of mention are: Fusion Category Finalists - Ian Rotherham and Michael Watson.

Photos will be on display at UCOL Palmerston North Block 2 foyer next week for viewing.


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