Friday, 15 April 2016

Eaton Portrait Prize 2016 Winners announced

 We are pleased to announce this years' Eaton Portrait Prize Winners. The standard of the competition was again very high and we are excited to showcase such a wide variety of approaches to the genre. We would like to thank Andy Eaton for his continuous support of the photography department and for his generosity.

1st Place
‘Sterrin’ - Anna Kressler 
Year Two 
A girl is smiling in a refugee camp in the Dunkirk suburb of Grand-Synthe in France.  According to the mayor Damien Lent ‘in late July [2015], there were sixty [refugees] in Grande-Synthe, then 180 in mid-August. And 2,400-2,500 today [Jan | Feb 2016]", including more than 200 children like Sterrin, who live in the camp in squalid conditions. I don’t know what happened to Sterrin but I hope that despite this uncertain future she and her family will one day be able to reach their desired destination, England. 


2nd Place
‘Deterioration’ - Samuel Shelton
Year Two
This image is part of the series ‘Sleeplessness’. It is a visual representation of severe sleep deprivation. The image is composed of twenty-nine overlaid self-portraits; each image represents an hour in which I was awake, over a period of thirty-six hours. The image depicts the physical and mental deterioration experienced over long durations of sleeplessness.

3rd Place
‘Changing of an Earring’ –
Amber Schormans 
Year Two

As time passes many social changes happen; our perception of each other and the world is continually moulding into something new. Vermeer created the iconic painting ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ in the 17th century. A new interpretation based on 21st century views and values enabled a contemporary comment on human nature. The changing of the earring is a metaphor for how life has changed, and will continue to change as time continues to move us.

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