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Lecturer to Judge Millennium Hotels and Resorts Photography Competition

NUA Lecturer Ross Trevail has been selected to judge Through the Lens, an annual photography competition set by international hoteliers Millennium Hotels and Resorts. This year’s competition asks for entries that celebrate ‘what makes Britain beautiful.’ Ross joins the panel of 12 judges including international commercial photographers, photo editors and photographic artists from across the UK. Find out more about the competition.

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NUA Photography at Free Range

Newly graduated Photography students showcased their work in the heart of Shoreditch during summer 2016. In July, London’s Truman Brewery hosted ‘Free Range’, an annual exhibition showcasing graduate work in the creative fields. The opening night launched the showcase to a range of photography professionals, media and press followed by a five day-long exhibition. Photograd selected graduate Danielle Keane in their top picks from Free Range and Hashtag Photography Magazine selected Thomas Comber’s work as stand out.

Image from Mimasu by BA (Hons Photography student Karim Skalli

British Journal of Photography profiles NUA student

2016 BA (Hons) Photography graduate Karim Skalli has been featured in the British Journal of Photography for his final-year project Mimasu. The visual diary project took about a year and a half to complete, and was shot in various locations including Morocco and England. Mimasu examines the communities and environments in these locations, Karim explains, “The idea was to challenge what my everyday could be, capturing it in a literal and ambiguous manner, photographing fleeting moments that we often take for granted and everyday things we don’t notice exist.” Read the full article in the British Journal of Photography.

Happisburg Fences by Gemma Astbury

NUA Photography students celebrate multiple award success

2016 BA (Hons) Photography graduate, Gemma Astbury won ‘Fujifilm Student Photographer of the Year 2016’ at the Fujifilm UK Student Awards for her cross-processed submission of a Norfolk beach scene, ‘Happisburgh Fences’ (pictured) in response to the brief ‘shoot from the hip’. Gemma wins the top prize at the awards and receives £200 worth of Fujifilm film, a professional portfolio with Metroprint, a bespoke consultancy session with a specialist printer and a goody bag of Instax prizes. Competition sponsor, Metroprint’s Creative Director Steve Macleod said of Gemma’s winning entry, “At first glance the image feels ephemeral, disposable and transient. However, when studying it in more detail it evokes feelings of past times, memories and loss.”

Students and graduates from BA (Hons) Photography have also celebrated success at the prestigious Association of Photographers Student Awards 2016. Year 1 student Jo Cock won the AOP top prize of Best in Show whilst 2016 graduate Sian Oliver won Best in ‘Things’ category. The awards ceremony took place at a packed Print Space Gallery in Shoreditch, London under the themes of People, Places or Things.

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Industry selection panels appoint NUA Senior Lecturer to judge contest entries

Photography Senior Lecturer, James Cant has been appointed to the selection panel for ‘Uncertain States’, the 2016 lens-based competition exhibited at East London’s Arts Pavilion. The selected artists will see their work featured in the national broadsheet newspaper, Uncertain States. James also sat on the selection panel for open exhibition, ‘Migrants’ organised by The House of The Artists.

Caister on Sea Pillbox image by Dibs McCallum

Multiple NUA students selected by Association of Photographers in competition final

NUA 3rd year Photography students Dibs McCallum, Francesca Kissack, Sian Oliver, Sam Comber and Year 1 students, Kane Layland and Jo Cock have all been selected for the Association of Photographers Student Awards 2016 finalists’ exhibition. Dibs McCallum’s photo of a Norfolk coastal pillbox (pictured) is selected in the Things categories, and a second image of a Thurrock pillbox in the Places categories. The students will show their work at an AOP exhibition at The Print Space Gallery in Shoreditch, London from 28th July – 9th August, judged by distinguished photographers James Eckersley, Paul Hill and Nigel Harniman. The AOP awards are a prominent feature in the industry calendar, recognising and celebrating emerging talent in photography across the UK.
BA (Hons) Photography at NUA is an Association of Photographers (AOP) affiliated course.

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Photography Course Leader chairs industry symposium session

Senior Lecturer James Smith is to chair ‘Breaking New Ground: Photography in the Digital Age’ as part of The Aesthetica Art Prize Symposium held in York in May 2016. The two day programme also includes sessions with Frieze Magazine, the Whitechapel Gallery and Film London. James will chair a panel discussion on the current convenience of digital photography and technology and session speakers include industry professionals from Ffotogallery and Diffusion Photography Festival.


Student awarded runner-up in Harman Technology Prize

Year three student Dibs McCallum has received runner-up prize and a highly commended prize for his entries into the HARMAN technology Ltd student competition- Saturday Night at the Movies. The prize, in association with ILFORD Photography, recognizes outstanding photography in both digital and darkroom categories and this year 1000 images were submitted to the competition from students across the UK. Dibs was awarded runner-up prize for his work entitled Quadraphenia (pictured). The runners-up received certificates and £75 to spend at harmanexpress.com. All images that made it to the final judging stage can be seen on HARMAN’s Flickr feed here.

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MA Photography Lecturer exhibits at Unexpected

NUA BA and MA Photographer Senior Lecturer James Cant is exhibiting in Unexpected:Continuing Narratives of Identity & Migration alongside major international artists. The exhibition, in collaboration with Counterpoints Arts, features work by Frank Auerbach, Behjat Omer Abdulla, Güler Ates and Ana Cvorovic. Unexpected opens on the 16th February and continues until the 24th April.(Image: Keith: Savanna-la-Mar, Jamaica to London 1959)

Brainchild winner 2016 - Tales Magazine


BA Photography graduate, Sam Holden, and MA Communication Design student, Kathrina Wainstok, win NUA Brainchild 2016 award for their ‘Tales’ magazine. Find out more.


Dean of Arts and Media presents talk at V&A Museum

On 20 November NUA Dean of Arts and Media Professor Richard Sawdon Smith will take part in a talk at the V&A Museum entitled ‘The Artist as Collector/Collecting as Research’ as part of the museum’s series The Art of Collecting Photography. Through the talk Uncertain States and Zelda Cheatle bring together artists, collectors and curators in a series of talks about the role and artistic importance of the collector and collections within the context of fine art photography. The two part event also looks at the Collector as Curator another talk chaired by Zelda Cheatle and including speakers Richard Sawdon Smith, Artist and Collector, Polly Fleury, Curator, Wilson Centre of Photograph and Angelica Pediconi. For tickets and more information click here. (Image by Andi Sapey)

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Graduate selected for awards book

Graduate Saymuphorn Janthasorn had her entry selected in book in the portraiture category of the Fifth Annual Exposure Awards. See the full book of selected entries online.


Year One student wins Canon prize

Kirstie Thornton, a Year One student, has been announced as the 2015 winner of Canon’s Shoot the Show Competition. Students entering the competition received a pre-show briefing from the Canon team before capturing catwalk action from the photographer’s pit – the same used by the world’s press throughout London Fashion Week. Kirstie joins NUA alumna Charlotte Simpson, BA Photography (2012), amongst the list of winners. Her prize includes elite Canon equipment and a pass to London Fashion Week 2016.


Students flood D&AD New Blood brief

An incredible 17 Year One students have had their work put through from the initial online judging round of the D&AD New Blood Awards (i-D Magazine Subculture brief). Meri Säynätkari, Tom Lucas, Olivia Trowell, Leoni Less Mann, Katerina Basarbolieva, Kirstie Thornton, Liam Waters, Zac Massey, Maria Ridgway, Tasha King, Chelsea Skinner, Elvina Vong, Laura Latham, Maria Memet, Cara Liggins, Cherie Carman and Sean Hancock have all made the next stage of judging of the i-D Magazine Subculture brief.


Student wins photographer of the year prize

Year Three student Brydn Webb was named runner up in the Harman technology Student Photographer of the Year 2014 – Digital competition. The annual competition for UK photography students attracted a record entry for 2014 with more than 1,000 submissions from students across the UK. Brydn’s winning piece, titled Boot 2, earned him a £100 certificate to spend online with Harman. View more of Brydn’s work at www.brydnwebb.com.


Dean’s photography work highlighted

The photographic work of Professor Richard Sawdon Smith, NUA Dean of Media, is discussed on anatomical art blog Street Anatomy.

Philip Haynes

Graduate wins Best in Category at the Association of Photographers

2009 graduate Philip Haynes has received a 2014 AOP Award in the ‘Non Commissioned Life Single’ category for his amazing image of a gymnast. “This award means the world to me because I have been a member of the AOP for seven years now since I was a student at NUA,” says Philip. “I have photographed sport since my time at university and pursue it with a passion.” View Philip’s portfolio.

Lee Kirby

Graduate collaborates with filmmaker on Canon Project

2013 Graduate Lee Kirby has just completed a project for Canon documenting the lives of some very special people around the globe who use Canon products on a daily basis. He worked with documentary film maker Chris Turner & Gather.ly on the project Canon Focus- a series of videos delving into the day-to-day lives of normal people undertaking incredible challenges and journeys. Each story explores their background, planning, motivations, challenges, achievements and how Canon products have enabled them to capture these moments to be shared. See more of Lee’s work on his website.


Graduate one of 12 selected for Scope International exhibition in Miami

2012 Graduate Peng Janthason is one of 12 selected artists to show at the SCOPE International Contemporary Arts Festival in Miami. With over 65 art fairs spanning more than a decade, SCOPE is the largest and most global art fair in the world, celebrated as the premier showcase for international emerging contemporary art and multi-disciplinary creative programming.


Graduate’s work profiled on It’s Nice That

2011 Graduate Nick Rees has been interviewed about his work as a still-life photographer who specialises in drinks by the It’s Nice That design blog. Read the Nick Rees interview.

Uncertain States

NUA Staff exhibit in Uncertain Sates 2014

Dean of Media Richard Sawdon Smith and Photography Lecturer James Cant are both exhibiting work in this year’s Uncertain States exhibition at Bank Gallery. The exhibition is a lens-based artists’ project featuring work from over 30 artists. For more information visit the website. The exhibition is open from 14 November – 5 December, Tues – Fri: 11am -7pm, Sat: 12-5.30pm at Bank Gallery, Central House, Whitechapel High Street, London.


Dean selects for photography exhibition

Dean of Media Professor Richard Sawdon Smith sat on the selection panel for Uncertain States Open Call Exhibition, which has opened at Four Corners in London and runs until 31 October. The show contains the work of nine lens-based artists, which will also be features in issue 20 of the Uncertain States broadsheet newspaper. Professor Smith selected Melbourne-based photographer Georgia Metaxas, whose work investigates the personal and cultural manifestations of ritual.

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Six students and graduates to show in China festival

The International Photography Festival in Pingyao has selected six NUA students and graduates to show their work within the ancient walled city of Pingyao in Shanxi Province. Roseanna Hanson, Ashleigh Berryman, Harriette Phillips, Jack Cornish (whose work is pictured), Jonathan Charlton and Shannah Wills will show a selection of images at the festival, which takes place 19–25 September and is expected to attract 200,000 visitors.

Photography of Portuguese street scene

Three students in book at D&AD

Three Year One students – Katelyn Playford (whose work is pictured), James Randle and Gemma Shaw – had their work selected to be featured ‘in book’ at D&AD 2014. Their work was submitted in response to the Nokia brief to revisit the idea of the ‘decisive moment’. View the work submitted for the brief on the D&AD website.

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Students profiled by Source magazine

12 final year students have been selected to have their work featured on the Source magazine website. View their work at the Source Photographic Review online.

Work by James Cant

Lecturer presents work at The Photographer’s Gallery

Photography lecturer James Russell Cant will speak about his project The Decisive and Other Moments at The Photographer’s Gallery in Carnaby, London in June. The project is a series of long exposure photography up to a yearlong recorded by both pinhole and conventional cameras, centred around the remains of a Georgian house, its gardens and the estuarine country and marshlands of Northeast Essex. James’s editorial portraiture has appeared widely in print both in the UK and abroad and his work has been exhibited at The National Portrait Gallery.

London by Brydn Webb

Student’s work featured on Buzzfeed

Year 2 student Brydn Webb has had his work selected among a number of entries to the CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year competition to be profiled on BuzzFeed. His image of London at 5pm was included in the Buzzfeed article ‘24-Hour London Seen In 24 Striking Photos‘. The competition’s ‘cities at work’ brief challenged entrants to capture the essence of urban life and was open to both professional and amateur photographers.

Image by Andi Sapey

Lecturer earns prize in portraiture competition

The London Photographic Association has judged a submission by NUA lecturer Andi Sapey as the Bronze Winner of its portraiture Let’s Face It 10 competition. His entry (pictured above) will be included in an online gallery and Andi has been awarded a year’s membership of the association.

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Students take professional qualification

High-end medium format camera systems brand Phase One visited the NUA campus to deliver a two day Phase One Certified Professional (POCP) course to Year Three students. The program, taught by Phase One Technical Support staff, covered the skills required to confidently work with the Phase One camera system and Capture One software from efficient on-set workflow to camera setup and operation. Students that passed the course received a Phase One qualification and are listed on the Phase One website as certified professionals.

London Grammar cover, by Lee Kirby

Graduate commissioned to shoot London Grammar album cover

2013 graduate Lee Kirby was commissioned to shoot the album artwork for London Grammar’s debut album a day after graduating from NUA. Design agency Big Active and Ministry of Sound, London Grammar’s record label, approached Lee after seeing his work published in 360 Magazine in L.A. Lee spent two days in a studio in North London shooting the artwork. If You Wait by London Grammar was released on 9 September 2013 at went to number two in the album charts.


NUA wins Fujifilm College Award

NUA has been commended by the Fujifilm Student Awards 2013 for being the source of the most entries with 184 submissions. The BA Photography course will be presented with a certificate and £200 worth of Fujifilm Professional film.

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Lecturer and graduates launch social project

NUA Lecturer Daniel Bosworth has launched a new platform for socially engaged photography in conjunction with graduates from NUA’s BA Photography. The Us Project seeks to provoke discussion, debate, learning and sharing of cultures, identity and social documentary work. The project will explore new platforms, re-appropriate traditional presentation, promote collaboration and use social media to create a broader, three dimensional context for photography. Participating NUA graduates include Andy March, James De Ara, Mabon Llŷr, Amy Wilkinson and Luke Copping. Visit The Us Project website.

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Two picture stories published for student

A career in Fashion photography beckons for Year 3 student Lee Kirby who has had two picture stories published in online fashion magazines Two and Glassbook. Lee’s work was also featured in campaigns to promote Norwich Fashion Week 2013.


Course gains official industry backing

The BA Photography course has received official accreditation from Creative Skillset, the industry body that supports skills and training for people in the creative industries. The accreditation represents an endorsement by industry panels in recognition of the course’s links to the creative sectors and track record in securing employment for their graduates.

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